The San Francisco Giants offense finally got going in Game 4 of the National League Divisional Series to help rally the team to an 8-3 win and a 2-2 tie in the series. San Francisco piled up 11 hits on eight runs, and Tim Lincecum earned the win with four and one-third of an inning of relief work.
In his recap, Grant Brisbee of McCovey Chronicles talks about how it makes all sorts of sense that Cain would have to go up against Latos to try and advance to the NLCS.
And if they want to get to the NLCS, they have to get through Mat Latos in his lair. It had to be like this. Latos was supposed to pitch only once, but of course he was going to pitch twice. Of course he was going to pitch in Game 5.
He's going against Matt Cain, too. This is a match-up that can ruin our worldview. This is the ultimate triumph or the ultimate disillusionment. It's a little tacky to phrase this in terms of good versus evil, so I'll refrain from that. But this is a match-up of good versus evil. Mat Latos is empirically evil. Matt Cain is empirically good. There are journals and scholarly papers on this. I don't need to cite a thing.
Game 5 of the NLDS between the Reds and the Giants starts off at 10:07 a.m. ET, 1:07 p.m. PT on TBS.