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NLDS Game 2: Braves at Giants

Oct 9, 2010, 1:00 AM EST

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Tommy Hanson faces Matt Cain in Game 2 at AT&T Park.

Just how dominant was Tim Lincecum last night? Well, his 14 strikeouts were the third most in postseason history, surpassed only by Bob Gibson's 17 strikeouts in Game 1 of the 1968 World Series and Roger Clemens' 15 strikeouts in Game 4 of the 2000 ALCS. Pretty exclusive company.

But Lincecum's gem is now history and the Giants have to focus their attention on winning Game 2 tonight against the Braves. Matt Cain, a pretty good power right-hander in his own right, gets the nod for San Francisco against Tommy Hanson, also a pretty good young right-hander.

If the Braves can pull this one out, they'll have to like their chances going back to Turner Field, where they posted the majors' best home record. They'll also have ace Tim Hudson going in Game 3. So in a strange sort of way, the pressure's still on San Francisco tonight to win Game 2.

I'll post some thoughts along the way and, as always, am interested to know what you all think…

NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES — GAME 2
ATLANTA BRAVES at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Where: AT&T Park
Gametime: 9:37 p.m.
TV: TBS Radio: WTEM-980 AM
Weather: Partly cloudy, 60 degrees

BRAVES
3B Omar Infante
RF Jason Heyward
1B Derrek Lee
C Brian McCann

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  1. BQ - Oct 9, 2010 at 2:33 AM

    If I was Emmel, I would let Bobby off the hook. this is his last postseason, go easy on the guy. Anyways, Bobby shouldn't be arguing as much either I guess. Rays must be missing Pat the bat after getting shutout in game 2. He has done really well since he came back to NL. Similar to Dunn?

  2. Anonymous - Oct 9, 2010 at 2:55 AM

    The Nationals and Jim Riggleman each led the league in ejections this season.

  3. BQ - Oct 9, 2010 at 3:21 AM

    This is my only second time watching Cain pitch and believe it or not, as best as I claim Nationals fan to be, I have yet to see Zmann pitch in the big leagues. So I can't really comment on that.Meanwhile Braves put a run on board, unearned.

  4. BQ - Oct 9, 2010 at 4:13 AM

    Oh my god, Wilson blew it. I totally saw that coming. I haven't seen many occasions before where manager brings in closer for 2 innings save with 2 on. that's a lot to ask of your closer.

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