Reds jump out to early 1-0 lead on Ryan Ludwick homer

This entire offseason, I was terrified the Giants would sign Ryan Ludwick. He seemed so Brian Sabean, or at least the stereotype that used to fit Brian Sabean. Ludwick couldn't field, and his hitting was an urban legend from 2008.

In the NLDS, he has two homers and a diving catch. This, after a fantastic season as a hitter. Okay, then.

Ludwick took Madison Bumgarner deep in the top of the second inning, swinging at a first-pitch fastball and driving it over the fence in left-center for a 1-0 Reds lead. Bumgarner walked Scott Rolen on four pitches later in the inning, but got Ryan Hanigan swinging and Drew Stubbs on a soft liner to first.

The Giants went down in order in the bottom of the first, but they did hit the ball hard off Bronson Arroyo, just right at fielders. That will make them feel better about how things are going, I'm sure.

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