Giants hope venue shift helps them swing series
Great American offers a more offense-friendly environment than AT&T
For the Giants to take this National League Division Series against the Reds, the prescribed formula was as follows: Outpitch them at AT&T, outhit them at Great American.The first part of the formula proved faulty. Matt Cain could not extend the excellence that had defined his 2010 postseason effort, serving up a pair of crippling home runs in a Game 1 defeat. Madison Bumgarner had trouble hitting his spots as Game 2 wore on, the Reds pecking away at him with precision. And in the bullpen battle, the Reds have been superior, perhaps predictably. So now, with an 0-2 deficit from which no NL team has ever arisen in the best-of-five Division Series format, any and all hope rests in the second element of the equation. Unfortunately for the Giants, this would appear to be the more difficult task of the two. Especially the way they've been swinging the bats so far. "It hasn't been pretty," right fielder Hunter Pence said. No, it has not, and add this to the ever-expanding list of examples of why October baseball is just a little bit different than all that came before.