Here we go again.
But in the bottom of the first, the Reds got to a Giants starter, just like they've been getting to Giant starters throughout this National League Division Series.
Brandon Phillips led off and singled. Then he stole second, but was out trying to make it all the way to third when the pitch got away from catcher Buster Posey. So that was a good break for the Giants and starter Ryan Vogelsong. Just not a good enough break. Zack Cozart walked and, after Joey Votto flied out, both Ryan Ludwick and Jay Bruce singled to push Cozart across the plate and place runners on first and second with two outs. Here's Bruce now:
With Scott Rolen up next, pitching coach Dave Righetti came out for a visit. During Rolen's at-bat, Vogelsong and Posey had a little chat. Finally, with his 30 pitch of the first inning, Vogelsong struck out Rolen with a fastball that just might have caught the corner, low and inside.
So, at least he's got that going for him. And it could have been a hell of a lot worse.