Game over: Giants 11, Rangers 7
So much for the great Cliff Lee-Tim Lincecum pitching matchup. The Rangers didn’t go out without a fight, scoring three times in the ninth against the Giants’ Ramon Ramirez, Jeremy Affeldt, and closer Brian Wilson. Vlad Guerrero, who had a miserable night in right field (two errors) drove one run in with a bases-loaded sac fly and Nelson Cruz doubled in two more before Wilson went 3-2 to Ian Kinsler before retiring him on a fly to right to end things as the Giants took Game 1 of the World Series.
This was an abysmal performance by the Rangers in their first Series game. Lee was ripped by the Giants for eight hits and seven runs in 4.2 innings. The Giants collected 14 hits and the Rangers committed four errors, the two by Guerrero and one each by Michael Young and Elvis Andrus. Kinsler also made a baserunning error, getting thrown out after an infield single in the eighth inning. Juan Uribe’s three-run homer capped a six-run fifth that broke a 2-2 tie and allowed Lincecum to get the win.
Freddy Sanchez had four hits and three RBIs. ALCS MVP Josh Hamilton went 0 for 4 with a walk.
Bottom 8th: Giants 11, Rangers 4
Giants score another run in the 8th on a Nate Schierholtz RBI single. We head to the 9th.
Bottom 8th: Giants 10, Rangers 4
Renteria ignited the Giants’ final rally with a single to right that Guerrero kicked, advancing Renteria to third. Pinch hitter Travis Ishikawa doubled him home. With one out, Freddy Sanchez singled down the right-field line, scoring the second SF run of the inning. Guerrero was charged with his second error.
Top 6th: Giants 8, Rangers 4
Rangers managed a pair of two-out runs off Lincecum on a Molina double to the left field corner, scoring Ian Kinsler. Really weak relay throw to the plate by Renteria. LIncecum got hit with a ball in the leg (by Moreland) for the second time in the game, but he’s OK. Lincecum allowed an RBI single to pinch hitter David Murphy, cutting the Giants’ lead to four, and that was his night as Bruce Bochy went to Santiago Casilla. He struck out Torres to strand two.
Bottom 5th: Giants 8, Rangers 2
This looks like a very ordinary and certainly ineffective Cliff Lee, who was gone before the end of the fifth. Eleven batters came up for the Giants, six scored. After Torres doubled with one out, Sanchez knocked him in with a double to left. After Lee struck out Posey, Burrell walked, and Ross singled home the second run of the inning. Huff followed with an RBI single, ending Lee’s night. But there was more to come. Reliever Darren O’Day pretty much sealed the night for the home team when Juan Uribe, who won Game 6 of the NLCS against the Phillies, pounded a three-run homer to left. Lee’s line: 4-2/3 innings, 8 hits, 7 runs, 6 ER, 1 BB and 7 Ks.
Top 4th: Rangers 2, Giants 2
The Edgar Renteria Show, folks. Three assists that inning. One nice play behind the bag ranging far to throw out Ian Kinsler. Moreland doubled with two outs, but Lee the hitter couldn’t knock him in.
Bottom 3d: Rangers 2, Giants 2
OMG, Cliff Lee is mortal. Who knew? Touched up for two runs by the Giants. It all began with an error by third baseman Michael Young on Buster Posey’s grounder, a ball Young eats up nine out of 10 times. Then, Mr. Control himself (Lee), hit Torres with a pitch. Sanchez followed with a double, scoring Renteria, and Posey singled, scoring Torres. Lee struck out Burrell for the second time and with two outs, NLCS MVP Cody Ross, with runners at the corners, went to 3-2 vs. Lee, then took a called third strike to end the inning.
Top second: Rangers 2, Giants 0
Cliff Lee loves to hit. He doubled to the left-center gap off Lincecum and advanced Benji Molina to third. Molina scored on Young’s sac fly.
Bottom 1st: Rangers 1, Giants 0
What a treat. Tony Bennett, 84, singing “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” between innings. Tremendous. Not so good for the Giants In the bottom of the inning. Former Sox second baseman Freddy Sanchez doubled to right with one out, but Buster Posey’s pop up into short right was caught by Ian Kinsler on a nice play in front of Guerrero. Sanchez must have though the ball would fall in and roamed way off second. He was doubled off.
Top 1st: Rangers 1, Giants 0
Ah, can Tim Lincecum have a re-do? The long-haired Giants righty had a tough go of it right off the bat. The first two Rangers (Elvis Andrus and Michael Young) reached on a single to left and a walk. After Josh Hamilton was retired, Vlad Guerrerro hit a ball off Lincecum’s left leg, scoring Andrus. Lincecum then fielded Nelson Cruz’s roller near the mound and caught Young between home and third. Lincecum, for some reason, allowed Young to get back to third even though he had him dead to rights. A complete brain cramp. Luckily, Lincecum then induced a double play to get out of the inning.