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Giants demolish Rangers in Game 2

Posted on: October 28, 2010 11:14 pm
 


SAN FRANCISCO -- The Rangers, one night after watching Cliff Lee get hammered, could not even raise (Matt) Cain and now head back to Texas in a deep hole.

Their first World Series threatening to get away from them, the Rangers were dropped 9-0 by the Giants thanks to a wicked combination of Matt Cain's continuing postseason brilliance, one jaw-droppingly bad break, a couple of missed opportunities and another searing bullpen meltdown.

Bottom line is, the Rangers are in trouble unless they figure out this masterful Giants pitching. You can rip the Texas bullpen if you wish -- and you should -- but San Francisco pitching is shredding this Texas lineup like wet toilet paper.

Anybody who's not yet ready to give San Francisco's pitchers full credit, maybe you'd better go back to whatever it was you were doing before this postseason caught your attention.

We've heard a whole lot about Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay and CC Sabathia, but behind Cain, Tim Lincecum and the rest, the Giants take a back seat to nobody.

Cain entered the game as the first pitcher to not allow an earned run in either of his first two postseason starts since Atlanta's Steve Avery in 1991. He departed after 7 2/3 innings having not allowed a run in his first THREE postseason starts.

The Rangers went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position against Cain, who now is up to 21 1/3 scoreless postseason innings. Think October agrees with this young man? Opponents now are 0 for 17 against him this postseason with runners in scoring position. He's produced more bagels than Einstein's the past three weeks.

And the one time the Rangers thought they had him, well, that's where the jaws dropped. Ian Kinsler slugged a deep fly to center to start the fifth that appeared to be gone. But in an impromptu test of gravity, physics and geometry, the ball bounced off the top of the wall, and somehow angled itself off the padding to bounce backward toward center fielder Andres Torres.

Instead of a homer and a 1-0 Texas lead, Kinsler got a double. Then he got left at second when David Murphy, Matt Treanor and C.J. Wilson were mowed down behind him (Mitch Moreland was intentionally walked before Wilson grounded out).

The Giants broke the scoreless tie with Edgar Renteria's solo homer in the fifth, tacked on a run in the seventh after Wilson left with a blister and then turned it into a laugher with seven runs in the eighth against four 'B'-league level Rangers relievers with manager Ron Washington inexplicably slow to the switch.

Now, it's tough to tell which needs a change of venue more, the Texas Rangers or this World Series.

We'll get one for Game 3, back in Texas on Saturday. But unless the Rangers figure a few things out, this Fall Classic is destined for all the drama of a Saturday afternoon oil change.

Comments

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2010 2:38 am
 

Giants demolish Rangers in Game 2

Next time, say something a little more substantive if you must......Tongue out



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2010 2:31 am
 

Giants demolish Rangers in Game 2

I might suggest to Rangers fans that they not throw their team under the bus after one lousy series in S.F.
The series could turn and even if it doesn't, it's a whole lot better than 4th place.





Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2010 2:14 am
 

Giants demolish Rangers in Game 2

I didn't think that the Giants "demolished" anyone. It was a 2-0 game until the bottom of the 8th inning so it was a well pitched game up to that point.
I'm not a Rangers fan. I'm not even a Giants fan. I'm an A's fan so I have seen first hand how fast the Rangers can put a bunch of runs on the board. But still...the Giants pitching is no way as "inexperienced or unpredictable"--->injury-pr
one as Oakland's. We all know that AL teams are better than NL teams. But in a short series like the World Series....pitching dominates unless the pitching becomes terrible then the hitting will determine the winner. Yes, I admit that the Rangers did themselves no favors by committing fielding errors, but that is no excuse. Win or lose, errors are a part of the game as well as blown calls. I'm saying this now because I know that the Rangers will complain and whine about bad calls for the rest of the series if they fall behind any further. Phillie fans and Phillies players did as much when they were trailing the Giants. Go Giants...may they bring home the World Series title that has eluded them after moving to SF. If the Giants win the world Series, then next year would be a great time for Oakland to finally get its act together and show how good they can be. So far they are showing how bad and inexperienced they are. Hardy har-har! Yeah, the Rangers were exactly like the A's a few years ago so it is possible that Oakland can get to the World Series soon. They just need to get a manager that is more competent and experienced--->smarter than Geren and find a way to keep the players from getting injured.
Rangers should win Games 3 and 4 and force the series back to SF. Not sure on Game 5. I see it going into extra innings. Other than that I can't say what will happen. Good luck to all involved. This is the best World Series ever. Who cares if it doesn't include any overrated East Coast teams. Besides, the people on the East Coast are too busy shoveling snow to watch a baseball game. :)





Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2010 2:08 am
 

Giants demolish Rangers in Game 2

I have been saying all season long....wait, wait, wait and watch this season unfold. The pitching has always been there, faltered at times, righted itself at the right moments and cut the losses when necessary (Zito) and no hitting (Bowker, Garko, Rowand, Renteria in the regular season). The postseason is a different beast but it was due for the Giants to prove all the naysayers and negative crybabies a lollipop and a rattle.

Geez, people! Shut up and support this team instead of whining at every little glitch! The regular season was just that.....the regular season. 162 games with plenty of time to right what was wrong and work on the team's roster. Now we are in the postseason and every body is suddenly on the Bochy Bandwagon saying he is the greatest manager on the planet? He isn't by far. But what he IS doing is the right moves at the right time in the postseason. He is showing us after some tweaking how to really manage. The players are not whining. The players are listening, supporting each other and when one person falters, another comes and picks them up. Remember the Yankees winning the world series with a bunch of no names like Brosius (named MVP)? Team chemistry....it works every time.

Just ask Herb Brooks and the 1980 Olympic Hockey Team

The Giants worked their asses off to get to this point. Renteria is hitting over .300 in the World series...and that is not a fluke. Rowand is 2 for 2 with a homer and a triple with 4 rbi's in his 2 at bats in the post season. Uribe is hitting UNDER .200 and could easily be the MVP. Cody Ross? WHo is this guy? I never heard of him before the Giants signed him away from Florida and more away from San Diego. Unreal! The guy is playing like a gamer when it counts the most. The point is that everyone on this team is contributing something. Even Barry Zito who has always been a team player. He continues to support this team even though it is from the sidelines. We need humble and thankful players, not prima donnas (Bonds, Kent). We need leaders with some relaxation and supportive attitudes with firmness when needed (Huff, Burrell, Zito, Renteria, Rowand). We need consistency (Posey, Torres, F Sanchez, Cain, Lincecum) and we need clutch (Uribe, J Sanchez, Ishikawa (pinch hitting), Ross). Well guess what. We have it all.

Go Giants



Since: Dec 12, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2010 1:21 am
 

Giants demolish Rangers in Game 2

Not sure enough to say that Texas sucks.  Lifetime 0-11 in SF, doesnt mean we suck.  Means that we are inexperienced in such a big showing, and there is plenty of time to get this back.  3 games in Texas, with the DH helps Texas for all three  home games.  Lee may have been rocked, but Wilson, minus the blister would have probably stayed in the game longer.  Considering Wilson had the hitters reeling, minus one pitch to Renteria, and one lucky bounce for SF off a wall this could have easily been a 1-0 win in favor of texas.  Yes 0-9 with RISP does suck, and also leaving runners at 2nd and 3rd with 1 out didnt help either.  Albeit, three games in Texas, with a very very excited crowd helps.  I will take Game 3 starter Colby Lewis over Jonathan Sanchez anyday, and Hunter and Lee for games 4 and 5 can easily put Texas back on top.  Still a long way to go, and dont think SF wont feel a little pressured if Texas comes out early, bombs Sanchez Saturday night to win and be down 2-1.  Again, a long way to go, but yes SF has played great thus far, the offense prowess that most of us Texas fans slighted the Giants on has become available to see.  So again, still a long way to go, not too worried until we see the Giants celebrate.



Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2010 12:32 am
 

Giants demolish Rangers in Game 2

Thanks for writing a real article, Miller.  Neyer over at ESPN seems to have forgotten that Matt Cain even pitched tonight.  No one gives the Giants any credit!  All this Rangers in 5 bullcrap was nonsense from the get-go.



Since: May 20, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2010 12:03 am
 

Giants demolish Rangers in Game 2

I'm in SF on business this week and have not only enjoyed the pandemonium, but have to admit that the Giants are for real.  Surfing the net I find predictions of "Rangers in 6" or "Rangers in 5" and honestly couldn't believe what these swamis were thinking before the start of the Series.  C'mon...did they WATCH what they did to the Braves?  Phils?  Everyone knows that pitching wins in the post-season.  Now even *I* thought that Cliff Lee would shut 'em down, but after that, it was a toss-up....and I figured many one-run games that could go either way.  But I never thought the Rangers would be blown out.

These guys are the real deal.  They will win it all.  And deservedly so:  with pitching.



Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2010 11:43 pm
 

Giants demolish Rangers in Game 2

Wow.  Thats all that can be said after this romping.  Texas needs to get it together fast because they are coming apart at the seams right now.  I want to see where all the Philly fans are who said that Matt Cain is garbage (even AFTER he shut them down hahahaha). 



Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2010 11:41 pm
 

Giants demolish Rangers in Game 2

AMEN BROTHER.



Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2010 11:38 pm
 

Giants demolish Rangers in Game 2

Pitching beats hitting every time. Pitching with hitting killed the Rangers tonight. Matt Cain showed why he's the best post season pitcher still pitching. Lowe, Hudson, Halliday, Oswalt, Hamels, Lee, Wilson, none have the era that Cain has. He's pitching like, "Big Daddy Cain" and showing why he's thrown for over 200 innings in each of the last five seasons. Cain got some hitting and everyone knows that if you give him 4 runs he doesn't lose. Matt proved it again tonight.



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