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San Francisco, CA (Oct 28) – The San Francisco Giants are halfway to a World Series title. The Giants defeated the Texas Rangers tonight in Game 2 of the World Series by the score of 9-0. The final score does not indicate it but it was a tight ballgame for most of the night.
Matt Cain and C.J. Wilson were locked up in a classic pitcher’s duel. Cain pitched 7 2/3 innings for the Giants giving up no runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Wilson pitched six innings for Texas giving up three hits and two runs with two walks and he struck out four. Wilson left the game with a blister, which is something to keep an eye on.
Javier Lopez got one out for the Giants and Guillermo Mota pitched a scoreless inning giving up only a walk.
Texas used more relievers and did not do so well. Darren Oliver pitched one inning giving up one hit with two strikeouts. Darren O’day pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up one hit and one run with two strikeouts. Derek Holland had a meltdown as he threw 11 straight balls and gave up three runs on three walks. Mark Lowe gave up a hit and two runs with a walk and Michael Kirkman pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up two hits and one run with a strikeout.
The Giants had one player who had multi hits, Edgar Renteria who is becoming an early favorite for MVP. He had two hits and three RBI, Andres Torres had a hit and an RBI, Buster Posey had a hit, and Pat Burrell drew a walk. Nate Schierholtz drew a walk, Cody Ross had a hit and two walks, and Aubrey Huff had an RBI.
Juan Uribe had a hit, walk, and two RBI. Matt Cain had a hit and Aaron Rowand had a hit and two RBI. The Giants scored a run in the fifth inning and one in the seventh inning to take a 2-0 lead.
Who would have guessed it would turn out the way it did, the Giants exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. There were three walks with the bases loaded and a two-run single by Rowand. Renteria had a two run single and Rowand tripled home two more runs. Torres doubled home the final run to make it 9-0.
The Giants have a 2-0 lead in the best of seven series. The teams will take off tomorrow for travel and resume the series on Saturday night. The next three games will be in Arlington and could be over this weekend if the Rangers do not win a game.
The Giants only have to win one of the next three and try to win it at home. The Rangers would like to hold serve with the home field advantage and get back to San Francisco with a 3-2 lead. It will be very hard for the Rangers to come back from but it has been done before.
The New York Yankees did it in the 1996 World Series and they had to go on the road, at least Texas will be going home.