Mat Latos opened the first inning of Game 5 with an impressive, fastballs-only strikeout of Angel Pagan, and the initial fear of the Giants was confirmed: Oh, it's going to be that Latos, the one who can paint the corners with mid-90s stuff. Goodie.
But the Giants got two runners on, with Marco Scutaro rapping a single to left, and Pablo Sandoval punching an opposite-field single. The Giants were set up well for Buster Posey and Level 61 Fiery Orator Hunter Pence, but both popped up to shallow center on high fastballs, and Latos escaped the jam.
Matt Cain started the bottom of the first by getting Brandon Phillips to break his bat on a soft fly to center, but Zack Cozart dribbled an infield hit in front of Joey Votto, who walked. Cain was in the same situation that Latos was in -- two on, one out -- but he got Ryan Ludwick and Jay Bruce to strike out swinging.