Derek Norris homered as the Oakland Athletics roughed up the Cincinnati Reds 10-9 Thursday.
Aroldis Chapman rebounded from a first-inning jam in his fourth appearance and second start of spring training, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 7-6 on Saturday in a split squad game for both clubs.
In spring training play, Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker and Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson argued at home plate before the game over whether to use the DH. It reminded John Madden of incidents he had with other head coaches, including the late Norm ‘The Dutchman’ Van Brocklin.
In the regular season, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy was forced to go with a closer by committee, but in the postseason it appears he’ll have go to go with a rotation by committee.
Against all odds, the San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds to advance to the NLCS. When asked what got them to this point, the answer is always the same: playing for the guy beside them.
Buster Posey’s grand slam capped San Francisco’s six-run burst against Latos, propelling the San Francisco past the Reds 6-4 Thursday in the clinching Game 5 of their best-of-five NL division series.
Both the Giants and A’s have come back from a two game deficit to tie the best of five division series. The A’s were down two runs in the bottom of the ninth before they scored three runs to shock the Tigers Wednesday night.
Up 2-0 in the series, the Reds need one more victory to advance, with as many as three chances left at home. It’ll be a breakthrough if they get it.
The San Francisco Giants have not been a challenge to the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS. Can they come back from being down 0-2? They send 35-year-old Ryan Vogelsong to the mound to lead the charge.
If the San Francisco Giants want to get past the NLDS, the offense and pitching can’t have a repeat performance of Game 2.