Tonight at ATT park there was actually two game, the first one was a tense pitchers duel between Matt Cain and C.J. Wilson which the Giants won 2-0, and the second was a 7-0 2-out rally in the 8th that the Giants won 7-0.
Added together you have a shocking 9-0 win by the underdog Giants, who now lead the World Series 2-0 as this baby moves down to Arlington where the Rangers will attempt to get back into this one.
I patiently watched this nail-biter tonight taking copious notes on every at bat in anticipation of writing a post about an epic pitchers-duel that would be decided by one swing of the bat. And perhaps it was, you see this game looked like it was up for grabs until the top of the 5th when Ian Kinsler lead off with a deep blast to dead center that looked like it would leave the park. Instead by some odd fluke it was a couple of inches short (maybe Willie Mays planned this trick) and bounced back into Torres’ glove and Kinsler got a long double instead of a homer. After that it was all Giants as Matt Cain managed to pitch out of this situation without allowing the Rangers a run.
In the bottom of the 5th veteran Edgar Renteria connected for a solo homer off CJ Wilson on a pitch that was left up and over the plate. CJ Wilson knew it right away and the Giants fans erupted as the veteran Renteria who drove in the winning run for the 97 Marlins circled the bases. CJ Wilson had nothing to be ashamed of with his outing tonight though his counterpart Matt Cain pitched a little better. Cain went 7 2/3 tonight and extended his streak of scoreless innings in the postseason this year to 21 1/3 on a night where it looked like we were getting the pitching display that we thought we would get in game 1.
But Baseball is unpredictable and though I predicted the Giants would win tonight I would have never guessed the final score would be 9-0. In fact though I saw it all with my own eyes I still can’t believe the Rangers bullpen could be this bad. But bad they were tonight when after fanning the first couple Giants in the bottom of the 8th they allowed an innocent looking single to Buster Posey.
After that I can only surmise that the spirits of all the old Giants great players who have played for the Giants since coming out West in 1958 simply put a little more vodoo on the poor Rangers relief staff. I mean how else can you explain 4 consecutive walks that brought in 2 runs in a tight game like this? Or the seeing-eye single that Renteria came-up with to drive-in 2 more off ex-Mariner Mark Lowe? (poisk v internete) No this was not the way Nolan Ryan or Ron Washington had it planned for tonight. I know the guys pictured above who never got a World Series ring here in SF during all those close pennant races in the 60’s, didn’t mind seeing the Giants pour it on and may have had a hand in this Halloween trick….
Before the dust had settled the Giants came-up with 7 runs in the bottom of the 8th in one of the greatest 2 out rallies I have ever seen or played in. Mays, McCovey, Marichal, Cepeda and Will Clark deserved this one, as do all the long-suffering Giants fans who have waited since 1954 for a Championship. Most of the fans at ATT left the park jubilant and secretly hoping that they don’t have to see their boys back home again this year. But just as tonight’s game proved anything can happen in this fun and amazing game of baseball, so there is still a long way to go before the old ghosts of Giants past can rest easy and not have to resort to haunting games like they did tonight….http://jeffsmariners.com