Monday, October 8, 2012

NLDS: Late Herorics Lift Nats To Series-Opening Win; Giants Shrunk To Size At Home By Reds, On Verge Of Elimination

The National League divisional playoff series continued with two games on Sunday.

At St. Louis:

Tyler Moore delivered a pinch-hit two-RBI single with two outs in the top of the eighth inning as the Washington Nationals, playing their first playoff game since the Montreal Expos days of 1981, came from behind to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 in the opening game of their divisional playoff series.   The Cards blew a chance to break the game open when leading 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, when they loaded the bases with nobody out, and were unable to score.

At San Francisco:

Bronson Arroyo pitched seven innings of one-hit, one-walk, shutout baseball while Ryan Ludwick hit a second-inning homer, Ryan Hanigan hit a two-run single in the fourth, Joey Votto had three hits as the Cincinnati Reds scored an additional five runs in their half of the eighth and demolished the San Francisco Giants 9-0 on the road in game two of their divisional playoff series.  It was the most lopsided playoff shutout defeat in Giants history.  The Reds will go for the three-game series sweep Tuesday in Cincinnati.

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