Friday, October 29, 2010

World Series: Walkers, Texas Rangers

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Game 2: San Francisco Giants 9 - Texas Rangers 0
Giants lead series, 2-0

Another nightmare 8th inning for the Rangers bullpen.

Darren O'Day: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB
Derek Holland: 0.0 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB
Mark Lowe: 0.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB
Michael Kirkman: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB

Game 2 was within reach for the Rangers (only trailing 2-0) going into the bottom of the 8th inning BUT 4 consecutive walks sprinkled with 4 hits derailed the Rangers hopes. The Giants went on to score 7, yes 7, runs to nail the Rangers coffin.

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It was the second BIG INNING for the Giants in the series thus far. In Game 1 they scored 6 runs in the 5th inning thus becoming only the second team in World Series history to score 6 or more runs in an inning in each of the first two games of a World Series. In 1987, the Minnesota Twins did it against the St. Louis Cardinals in the Metrodome.

The Rangers (who are in an 0-2 hole) became the 8th team ever to lose the first 2 games of the World Series by a margin of at least 4 runs. They lost Game 1 (11-7) and Game 2 (9-0). Of the previous 7 lopsided (first two games) losers, the 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers and the 1996 New York Yankees came back to win the series. In other words, it can be done.

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The good news for the Rangers: They go home for the next 3 games.

The bad news for the Rangers: They still have to play the red-hot Frisco Giants.

To be continued....

Stats courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

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