Wednesday afternoon, the Giants are getting right to work against the Reds. Leadoff hitter Angel Pagan sent the second pitch of the game into the seats to give San Francisco the early lead over the Reds in Game 4:
The Giants then continued to attack Reds starter Mike Leake early in the count, with Marco Scutaro flying out on the second pitch and Pablo Sandoval knocking a double on a 1-0 count. After advancing to third, Sandoval was stranded after Hunter Pence struck out on three pitches.
In the bottom half of the first, Giants starter Barry Zito made his first postseason appearance since 2006. Zito finished the regular season strong, having tacked up a 3.03 ERA through 35.2 innings in September.
After retiring the first two Reds and letting up a single to Joey Votto, Zito suddenly lost control. He walked Ryan Ludwick and Jay Bruce, having fallen behind 3-0 in the count to both men, and then walked Todd Frazier on five pitches to force in a run. Zito escaped after striking out Dioner Navarro, but the 13-year veteran has 30 pitches to his name after just one inning.
As we head to the second, the Giants and Reds are knotted at 1.