Posted October 06, 2012 on AP on Fox
Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer off San Francisco' Matt Cain and the Cincinnati Reds led the Giants 2-0 after three innings of their NL division series opener Saturday night despite losing ace Johnny Cueto to a back injury after eight pitches. Cueto had the shortest postseason start in the majors in eight years when back spasms forced him to leave while pitching to the second batter of the game. He is day to day. Reliever Sam LeCure and Game 3 starter Mat Latos held the Giants scoreless as manager Dusty Baker scrambled. The Reds got the lead on Phillips' one-out homer in the third that also scored Drew Stubbs. Those were the first earned runs Cain has ever allowed in the postseason, ending a run of 23 1-3 straight innings without an earned run that was the fifth-longest ever. Losing Cueto this early in the series could be a big blow to the Reds. His 2.58 ERA the past two seasons is third best in the majors and Cincinnati now has to rely heavily on its bullpen in the...

Phillips' big night helps Reds overcome loss of Cueto

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Phillips enjoys the playoff spotlight. The Cincinnati second baseman hit a two-run homer, added an RBI single and finished 3-for-5 as the Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 Saturday night in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. "The whole world is watching," Phillips said. "This is a good time to be famous. You can be famous...

Here come the playoffs

Another year, another set of baseball playoffs without the Pirates. My own personal rooting interests in 2012 are, in order: A's Tigers Reds (I don't care what you say about Brandon Phillips, I like the Reds; I say the Reds being good is proof the Pirates can do it) Giants (why do my four favorite playoff teams play each other in the division series...

Reds 5, Giants 2

SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer, Jay Bruce added a solo shot, and the Cincinnati bullpen took care of the rest as the Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 Saturday night in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. The Reds survived the loss of ace Johnny Cueto, who exited in the first inning due to back spasms. Phillips, who had three hits, also...

Red Take Game One

Game one of the Reds' divisional series was supposed to be a matchup between two aces at San Francisco. Instead it was a matchup between Matt Cain and the Cincinnati bullpen including an emergency appearance by Mat Latos. The Reds came out on top 5-2. Brandon Phillips led the attack with three hits and two RBI including a two-run homer that plated the first runs of the game.
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