Giants take Game 2, in a walk
Get it? A walk?
OK, OK. First off, Moresplashhits would like to apologize to Edgar Renteria. We took a shot at Edgar in our post about the seven reasons why the Giants should win the World Series.
Reason No. 6 was payroll, and we grouped Edgar in with other Giant free-agent signings that have quite worked out because of performance (Zito and Rowand) or injury (DeRosa and Renteria).
It seems like Edgar has been hurt more often than healthy in his two years in San Francisco. But when he’s been healthy, he hasn’t been bad — at least this year.
Well, during this fall classic, Renteria is NOT healthy. He has a torn left biceps. There was some talk about leaving Renteria off the postseason roster. But he’s toughed it out, played a solid shortstop, and on Thursday he delivered a huge hit with his fifth-inning home run to get the Giants on the board 1-0.
Renteria came back with a two-run single during the Giants’ seven-run eighth inning.
IT’S ALL ABOUT CAIN
The talk going into the Series was all about a pitcher who was just about unhittable during the postseason. The talk about the Rangers’ Cliff Lee.
The talk now should be focused on Matt Cain.
Cain added 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball to what has been an outstanding postseason.
He’s now throw 21 1/3 innings without an earned run in the postseason, joining the like of Waite Hoyt, Carl Hubbell, Christy Mathewson and Kenny Rogers as the only pitchers to allow no earned runs while pitching at least 20 innings in a single postseason.
Here’s to hoping there won’t be a Game 6 in this series. But if there is, that will Matt Cain’s next turn, at home.
In the Giants’ first 10 postseason games, they scored more than four runs in a game once — when they scored six runs in Game 4 of the NLCS.
After two games of the World Series, the Giants have scored six runs or more in an inning — TWICE!
And like they did in Game 1, they did it with two outs, scoring seven times in the eighth inning.
After Darren O’Day struck out Andres Torres and Freddy Sanchez to open the inning, he gave up a single to Buster Posey. Washington relieved O’Day and put in Derek Holland.
Holland then walked Nate Schierholtz and Cody Ross. But Washington didn’t go get Holland, who then walked Aubrey Huff to bring home the first run of the inning.
In came Mark Lowe, who didn’t have much better luck, walking Juan Uribe, which isn’t an easy thing to do. Two runs in.
Then Lowe found the strike zone and Renteria raked the ball into left for two more runs.
Michael Kirkland came into the game, and Aaron Rowand greeted him with a two-run triple. Andres Torres followed with a double to complete the seven-run onslaught.
The Rangers’ bullpen has given up 11 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings so far this Series.