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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
San Francisco, CA (Oct 27) – The San Francisco Giants captured game one of the 2010 World Series tonight by the score of 11-7. Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum was the pitching matchup and it did not live up to its billing.
Lee was roughed up pitching 4 2/3 innings giving up seven runs on eight hits with six of the runs being earned. Lee walked one and struck out seven. Lincecum was not great either pitching 5 2/3 innings giving up eight hits and four runs with two walks and three strikeouts.
Darren O’Day pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up one hit and one run with a strikeout for Texas. Alexi Ogando pitched two innings giving up one hit and had four strikeouts. It was an impressive outing for the young man. Mark Lowe pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up three hits and three runs. Michael Kirkman gave up a hit and got one out.
The Giants got better work out of their bullpen; Santiago Casilla pitched 1 1/3 innings striking out one. Sergio Romo pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit and striking out one and Javier Lopez got the only batter out that he faced.
Ramon Ramirez pitched 1/3 of an inning getting an out, Jeremy Affeldt gave up a run and a walk, and Brian Wilson pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up one hit.
Bengie Molina and Mitch Moreland each had two hits for the Rangers. Elvis Andrus had a hit, walk and an RBI, Josh Hamilton, and Michael Young each drew a walk. Vlady Guerrero had a hit and two RBI, Nelson Cruz had a hit, and two RBI and Ian Kinsler had a hit and a walk. Lee had a double, David Murphy had a hit, and an RBI and Julio Bourbon had a hit.
Freddy Sanchez had a huge game for the Giants with four hits and three RBI. Andres Torres had a hit, Buster Posey had a hit, and an RBI and Pat Burrell had a walk. Nate Schierholtz had a hit and an RBI, Cody Ross had a hit, and an RBI and Aubrey Huff had three hits and an RBI. Juan Uribe hit a three-run home run, Edgar Renteria and Travis Ishikawa each had a hit.
Texas scored a run in the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead and they were looking good with Lee on the mound. The Giants tied the game in the third inning on a Sanchez RBI double and a RBI single by Posey.
The game broke open in the fifth inning when the Giants scored six times and knocked Lee out of the game. Sanchez had an RBI double, Ross had an RBI single, and Huff had an RBI single. Uribe hit a three-run home run and it was 8-2 San Francisco.
The Rangers then added two runs in the sixth to make it 8-4 but the Giants scored three runs in the eighth to make it 11-4 and then the Rangers scored three of their own in the ninth to make the final score 11-7.
The Giants took game one of the World Series with Game 2 being played tomorrow night in San Francisco. The teams will then have a travel day on Friday and play this weekend in Texas. Matt Cain will face C.J. Wilson tomorrow night with the Rangers looking to tie the series and the Giants trying to keep a hold on home field advantage.
The Giants scored 11 runs tonight after scoring 19 in six games against the Phillies in the NLCS. There are some things that just do not make any sense in baseball, and this game would be one of them. Lincecum vs. Lee a pitcher’s duel and you get this.
Lee was 3-0 this postseason with a below 1 ERA and 7-0 in his postseason career. Lee had eight days off coming into this start and maybe that affected him as he picked up his first career postseason loss.
The Game one winner has proceeded to win 11 of the last 13 World Series. The Rangers who have looked sharp all postseason committed three errors with Guerrero making two in the outfield where he usually does not play. It will be interesting to see if the manager Ron Washington takes him out of the lineup tomorrow night.