The Reds have 18 players on their 25-man Division Series roster, including 13 who were with the club during its 2010 defeat at the hands of the Phillies. Five others, including starting left fielder Ryan Ludwick and setup man Jonathan Broxton, have played in the postseason elsewhere. "It's a different team. It's a more mature team," manager Dusty Baker said. They certainly have enough mentors around. The Reds' coaching staff has had 207 games of experience as players, managers and coaches. Ryan Hanigan and Joey Votto are the only Reds with homers off Bumgarner on their resume. The Reds have a combined .170 batting average against the young lefty. When Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce hit homers Saturday, it wasn't he first time they'd both gone long in a postseason game. They both hit homers in Game 2 of the 2010 NLDS, solo shots that helped them to a 4-0 lead. They lost, 7-4. Giants: Sandoval already ahead of 2010
Two years earlier, Pablo Sandoval was lost, knocked from the Giants' starting lineup in the postseason. But with a single and another hard liner caught for an out in Game 1, Sandoval showed that he's in a much better place in October 2012. He already has matched his Division Series hits total from 2010. "There's a great difference," Sandoval said after the Giants finished their workout at AT&T Park. "I'm going to have more action out there. I'm not going to put pressure on [myself], or try to do too much. 2010 was a tough deal for me. But it's past." Aubrey Huff, who was instrumental in the Giants' 2010 run, was kept on the roster as a veteran bat off the bench. He saw his first action pinch-hitting for starter Matt Cain in the fifth, lofting a flyout to center. Four members of the Giants' starting lineup made their postseason debuts Saturday -- first baseman Brandon Belt, shortstop Brandon Crawford, center fielder Angel Pagan and left fielder Gregor Blanco. Among them, Pagan waited the longest for his first postseason at-bat, having played 695 games in the regular season. He went 1-for-5 with a single in his debut. Reliever George Kontos also pitched in October for the first time. Worth noting
The Giants won each of their Game 1 matchups en route to the 2010 World Series, but went off that track Saturday night. The Reds stopped a trend of their own, winning their first postseason game of any kind since sweeping the 1995 NLDS vs. the Dodgers. Monday will be a travel day for the series, with the two teams arriving early in the morning following the West Coast night start Sunday. They'll meet for Tuesday's Game 3 at 5:30 p.m. ET.