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Gamethread: 2012 NLDS Game 5

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Matt Cain vs. Mat Latos.

Division Series - San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds - Game Five Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Due to the coronavirus outbreak suspending the 2020 MLB season, we’re rewatching the three San Francisco Giants postseason runs, game-by-game, on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday nights at 6 p.m. PT, with a gamethread for each.


After falling behind 2-0 in the best-of-five NLDS, the San Francisco Giants have won two straight on the road against the Cincinnati Reds. That sets up the most exciting thing in sports: A winner-take-all postseason contest.

The Giants have the momentum, having won two straight to come roaring back into a series that looked over. But the Reds have the home field advantage.

San Francisco will try to march into the NLCS behind Matt Cain, who finished 2012 with a 2.79 ERA, a 3.40 FIP, 193 strikeouts in 219.1 innings, an All-Star appearance, and a sixth-place finish in Cy Young voting.

Cincinnati will counter with Mat Latos (hehe), who finished the year 14-4, with a 3.48 ERA, a 3.85 FIP, and 185 strikeouts in 209.1 innings.

We’re starting this rewatch at the same time as all of the rewatches: 6 p.m. PT. The video isn’t embeddable, but you can find it by clicking here, then you can watch or cast from your browser. Or you can find it on YouTube by searching “Giants 2012 NLDS Game 5” and clicking the first link.

For those who want to skip the pregame show, the actual game starts a little more than 8 minutes in. So you can join at 6:08 p.m. PT, and use this link to go straight to the 8-minute mark.

Here’s Dusty Baker’s lineup:

  1. Brandon Phillips — 2B
  2. Zack Cozart — SS
  3. Joey Votto — 1B
  4. Ryan Ludwick — LF
  5. Jay Bruce — RF
  6. Scott Rolen — 3B
  7. Ryan Hanigan — C
  8. Drew Stubbs — CF
  9. Mat Latos — P

And Bruce Bochy’s lineup:

  1. Angel Pagan — CF
  2. Marco Scutaro — 2B
  3. Pablo Sandoval — 3B
  4. Buster Posey — C
  5. Hunter Pence — RF
  6. Brandon Belt — 1B
  7. Gregor Blanco — LF
  8. Brandon Crawford — SS
  9. Matt Cain — P

When I went through our image tool to find the right picture from this game to use, I found some really good pictures. I obviously had to go with a Buster Posey shot, but didn’t want you to miss these shots, so enjoy:

Division Series - San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds - Game Five Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images
Division Series - San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds - Game Five Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Division Series - San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds - Game Five Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Division Series - San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds - Game Five Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Division Series - San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds - Game Five Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images