10/11/12 5:58 PM ET
Did you know? NLDS Game 5: Giants 6, Reds 4
By Vinnie Duber / MLB.com
The Reds dropped the series to the Giants despite doing better in several key statistical categories over the course of five games. The Reds posted a .261 batting average, while the Giants hit just .194, and Cincinnati outscored the Giants, 22-18. Reds pitchers also put up an ERA of 3.13, compared to San Francisco's 4.11 ERA in the series.
The Giants scored first in Game 5, and teams that score first in winner-take-all postseason games are now 50-33.
Since the 2002 World Series, Dusty Baker is 1-9 in games where his team could have captured a postseason series win.
Buster Posey smacked a grand slam in the fifth inning of Game 5. It was the third grand slam in Giants postseason history, with Will Clark hitting the last in Game 1 of the 1989 NL Championship Series against the Cubs. It was the 54th grand slam in postseason history, the last coming in Game 2 of last year's ALCS off the bat of Texas' Nelson Cruz.
Posey's grand slam is also just the third grand slam in history during a winner-take-all game in the postseason, following a pair of Red Sox: Troy O'Leary in 1999 and Johnny Damon in 2004.
Posey became the 10th Giants player to drive in four runs in a postseason game and the first to do so since Jeff Kent in Game 5 of the 2002 World Series against the Angels. Four RBIs are the second most in team history, trailing Clark's six-RBI game in Game 1 of the 1989 NLCS.
Brandon Phillips extended his postseason hitting streak to seven games. It's the 12th such streak in Reds history. Over the course of the streak, Phillips has racked up eight RBIs, tying the record for the most RBIs in a hitting streak of any length in Reds postseason history. The feat matches George Foster and Lee May.
Ryan Ludwick became the 27th player to hit three home runs in one LDS. Detroit's Delmon Young and Arizona's Chris Young hit three home runs in their respective LDS last season.
After getting just three hits in six games during the 2010 postseason, Pablo Sandoval went 7-for-20 in the NLDS against the Reds with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored.
The Reds stranded 11 runners in Game 5, coming one shy of the club postseason record of 12, set in Game 8 of the 1919 World Series. It was the eighth time in franchise history they've stranded 11 in a postseason contest, and they are 3-5 in those games.
Vinnie Duber is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.