Giants have lead on Reds in the middle of NLDS Game 4

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There’s a bullpen game underway in Cincinnati.

Giants starter Barry Zito lasted just 2 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks.

Reds starter Mike Leake was lifted in the fifth after yielding three earned runs on six hits and two walks.

Tim Lincecum is in — and on a sort of roll — for the Giants and Sam LeCure came on in relief of Leake.

San Francisco has a 5-2 lead at a sunny Great American Ball Park as this NLDS Game 4 moves along to the top of the sixth inning. The Reds lead the five-game series 2-1 after sweeping the first two games and then losing in Game 3 on Tuesday evening.

The Angels to lower the right field wall

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The Los Angeles Angels announced today that they will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

The stated reason: to make room for a new out-of-town scoreboard and “philosophical changes.” Obviously, though, helping out lefty power hitters is on the agenda too. As it was, Angel Stadium was in the bottom ten of all parks in allowing homers for lefties.

One of their own lefties is Kole Calhoun, who is a pull hitter. Another one could be Shohei Ohtani, who is a lefty hitter. Although, as a righty pitcher, that could harm him against opposing lefty batters. I’m assuming, though, that the Angels ran a bunch of numbers to establish that this move helps them more than it hurts them, or else they wouldn’t be doing it.