By MICHAEL MARTINEZ
SAN FRANCISCO There is no way to prepare for these kinds of circumstances. They just happen, and you react.
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker rushed to the pitcher's mound Monday night when it became painfully clear his starter was hurting. But in the back of his mind, he was already juggling the possibilities.
Good managers usually make the right moves. After starter Johnny Cueto succumbed to back spasms in the first inning of Saturday night's Game 1 of the National League Division Series, Baker relied on his bullpen and his scheduled Game 3 starter, Mat Latos, to pull his team through the opener against the San Francisco Giants.
The Reds' 5-2 win at AT&T Park wasn't without a measure of angst, but Baker's pitching choices came through, and so did his offense, guaranteeing Cincinnati a split of the first two road games in the best-of-five series.
It could have easily gone wrong. Cueto, Cincinnati's 19-game winner, came out of the bu...