Game five. Is there anything else that needs to be said? Both the Reds and Giants have had their ups and downs over the past five days, but they’re right back where they started, tied. This game, however, will determine who moves on. The Giants have their guy on the hill in Matt Cain, and while the Reds would probably prefer Johnny Cueto over Mat Latos, they still have someone who is more than capable and someone who has killed the Giants over his young career.
Cain struggled to get settled in on Saturday night (game 1). He only pitched five innings and surrendered three runs in the process. Latos, though, was a key factor in Cincinnati’s win. He pitched four innings in relief, and allowed just one run to lead the Reds to a victory.
The Giants offense woke up on Wednesday scoring eight runs on three home runs. The Reds were not bordering silent on Wednesday they are a dangerous offense. Simply put, Cain and Latos will have their hands full.