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Reds in command of playoffs


Cincinnati Reds hats & apparel The Reds have won the first two games against the Giants in a series that began with the unimaginable. Facing only his second hitter of the game, Reds ace Johnny Cueto left due to back spasm, marking his shortest career appearance. But Cincinnati was not deterred. Long balls by Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce and an unexpected, yet solid mound appearance by Mat Latos helped the Reds win the first game 5-2 over the Giants.

Latos who had been scheduled to start game three, entered in the third after Sam LeCure held down the fort for 1.2 innings. Latos, who had earlier thrown a bull-pen session and lifted weights allowed only four hits and one run during his four innings of relief.

Phillips, who blasted the first homerun of the game, went 3-for-five with 3 RBIs Saturday in San Francisco.

The Reds returned Sunday night for game two with big bats and a strong arm to shut out the Giants 9-0. Bronson Arroyo retired the first 14 batters he faced, allowing only one hit during the course of seven innings. Phillips continued his post-season success ripping two doubles in his five at bats. Ryan Ludwick hit his first post-season homerun, recording the third for the team.

Tonight Homer Bailey takes the mound hoping to clinch the division series. Bailey entered the post season with a 3.68 and a record of 13-10 including a no-hitter on September 28th against the Pirates (the Reds first since Tom Browning’s perfect game in 1988). Bailey will face Ryan Vogelsong who was 14-9 in the regular season with a 3.38 ERA.

Game three is scheduled start at 5:37 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.



By: Karen L. Willdermood Staff Writer