10/10/12 8:45 PM ET
Did you know? NLDS Game 4: Giants 8, Reds 3
By Vinnie Duber / MLB.com
Game 4 was the 13th time the Giants have scored eight runs in a postseason game. They last did it in Game 2 of the 2010 World Series against the Rangers, when they won, 9-0. They did it in Game 1 of that World Series as well, winning, 11-7. They are 11-1 when scoring eight times.
The Reds allowed eight runs in Game 4, only the fifth time in club postseason history that's happened, with the last time being Game 3 of the 1973 NL Championship Series against the Mets. They've lost all five of those games.
This is the ninth time the Giants have hit three home runs in a postseason game. They last did it in Game 5 of the 2002 World Series against the Angels. They did it five times in the '02 postseason and are 6-3 in such games overall.
Game 4 marked the first time since Game 3 of the 1995 NLCS against the Braves that Reds pitchers surrendered multiple home runs in a postseason game. Mike Leake allowed two, the first time a single Cincinnati pitcher gave up multiple homers in a postseason game since Tom Browning in Game 3 of the 1990 World Series against the A's. It was just the sixth time the Reds allowed three home runs in a postseason game and the first since Game 6 of the 1975 World Series against the Red Sox.
Angel Pagan's first-inning home run was the first leadoff homer in Giants postseason history and only the 27th leadoff homer in a postseason game in baseball history. It's the second of this postseason, with Oakland outfielder Coco Crisp leading off Game 1 of the ALDS with a solo home run against Detroit's Justin Verlander.
Tim Lincecum's 4 1/3 innings of work are the most thrown by a San Francisco Giants reliever in a postseason game since Kirk Rueter in Game 2 of the 2000 NLDS against the Mets. It's just the fourth time since the club moved to San Francisco a Giants reliever has thrown 4 1/3 innings in a postseason game.
Lincecum became just the fourth Giants reliever to strike out six opposing hitters in a postseason game. He's just the second to do it since the franchise moved to San Francisco, with the first being Joe Price, who fanned six Cardinals in Game 5 of the 1987 NLCS.
Pablo Sandoval became the first Giant to have three hits and a home run in a postseason game since Jeff Kent in Game 5 of the 2002 World Series against the Angels.
Brandon Phillips extended his postseason hitting streak to six games with his second-inning single. It's the 16th six-game postseason hitting streak in Reds franchise history.
Joaquin Arias hasn't made a start in the first four games of the NLDS; however, he's gone 3-for-6 with three runs scored and two doubles.
Barry Zito's 2 2/3-inning outing was the 15th time in Giants postseason history a starter went fewer than three innings. It was the shortest outing since Jonathan Sanchez lasted just two innings in Game 6 of the 2010 NLCS against the Phillies.
With the loss in Game 4, Reds manager Dusty Baker is 1-8 in games in which his team had an opportunity to close out a postseason series. His Giants dropped Games 6 and 7 of the 2002 World Series against the Angels, his Cubs lost a total of five close-out games between the 2003 NLDS against the Braves and the 2003 NLCS against the Marlins, and his Reds dropped the last two games against the Giants.
Vinnie Duber is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.