After winning the first two games of the National League Division Series in San Francisco, the Reds have now dropped two games at Great American Ball Park, leaving their postseason hanging on Game 5 Thursday afternoon.
The Giants scored 8 runs on 11 hits, three of them home runs. Despite getting 9 hits, the Reds could only muster 3 runs. Mike Leake was the losing pitcher; Tim Lincecum picked up the win in relief for San Francisco.
Mat Latos will start for the Reds in Game 5. Matt Cain takes the mound for the Giants.
Red is lighting up the night sky in Cincinnati. The Great American Tower tiara has a red hue which will continue as long as the Cincinnati Reds are in the World Series hunt. Eagle Realty, the company maintaining the lights, says there are 192 bulbs. All are Metal Halide lights, which last a long time.
The company says "Lighting of the tiara symbolizes the excitement throughout downtown Cincinnati as the community rallies around the Cincinnati Reds as they compete in the playoffs."
As the Reds go into postseason play for the second time in three seasons, here's some playoff history courtesy of Reds Hall of Fame Chief Curator Chris Eckes.
The 1976 team went undefeated in the postseason, the only team to do that since Major League Baseball went to divisional play. The Reds swept the Phillies in three games in the National League Championship and the Yankees in four in the World Series that year. Eckes says prior to that run, Cincinnati manager Sparky Anderson had a prophetic discussion with reporters: