Posted on: October 21, 2011 1:49 am
ST. LOUIS -- Two World Series games. Two well-played, one-run games.
You never know, but this could be the start of something great.
"It was fun," Rangers first baseman Michael Young said following Texas' 2-1 Game 2 win Thursday. "Dave McKay [Cardinals first-base coach] came up to me in the eighth or ninth inning and said something like, 'Competition at its finest.' And I said, 'Yeah, this is fun, isn't it?'
"That's exactly what it is. Fun."
The game was scoreless through six innings. The only other time in World Series history the first two games have even been scoreless through three came in 1961 when the Yankees and Reds did it.
Of course, by the end of the ninth, it was the Rangers who were having the most fun. Staring at an 0-2 hole heading back to Texas, the fact that they were able to squeeze two ninth-inning runs out of the rigid St. Louis bullpen to even the series could be a series-changer.
"It's huge," shortstop Elvis Andrus said. "We came here for sure wanting to get a win so we could get back home with a chance to win. It was a pretty good game. Jaime Garcia did a really good job.
"Our approach was let him pitch, because he gets wild. He didn't get wild."
But the ninth inning did, and this series could.
Fasten your seatbelts.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 2:25 am
SAN FRANCISCO -- Poor Mike Fontenot.
There he was, ready to play in the first World Series game of his life.
There he was, being introduced by the public address announcer as the next batter with San Francisco comfortably ahead 6-0.
There he was ... U-turning back to the dugout when manager Bruce Bochy elected to hit Aaron Rowand when Texas summoned lefty reliever Mike Kirkman.
"Fontenot, he's entered a game in the World Series," said Giants veteran Mark DeRosa, who has been sidelined for most of the season with a wrist injury. "He told me that when he got back to the bench.
"He said, 'I played.'"
Indeed, because he was announced as a pinch-hitter, you will find Fontenot's name in the Game 2 box score. No plate appearance, but, hey. He played. Sort of.
Maybe next time.
Likes: The Willie Mays statue in front of AT&T Park rightfully gets all the recognition, but the Juan Marichal statue a little further down Third St. next to McCovey Cove is very cool, too. The statue captures the incredibly high leg kick of Marichal, who had the grace of a ballerina. You'd swear it would topple over with a good gust of wind. ... Went for a long run along the Embarcadero here down toward the ballpark, and you forget how many delivery trucks it takes to make sure a ballpark is well-stocked for a postseason game until you see them all parading through around 10 a.m. or so. ... Jokes about manager Bruce Bochy's cap size never get old. Especially because he's making all the right moves right now. ... The energy in this city is incredible. Orange and black Giants garb being worn everywhere. ... Monroe (Mich.) St. Mary Catholic Central High ready to debut in the state football playoffs on Friday night against those big, bad Dundee Vikings. My Falcons advanced to the Division 6 state title game last year, and Coach (and friend and classmate) Jack Giarmo has 'em ready to rock again. Go get 'em, Falcons.
Dislikes: Early morning flights, like the one I'm on very shortly here as I type these words!
Rock 'n' Roll Lyric of the Day:
"Goodbye to all my friends at home
-- Steve Miller Band, Jet Airliner
Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:07 pm
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants fans have plenty of gear to choose from at the concession stands, from Pablo Sandoval "Kung Fu Panda" hats to Tim Lincecum wigs, but one T-shirt you see around town is only sold on the streets.
It reads "Let Tim Smoke", which neatly ties together Lincecum's arrest on a misdemeanor marijuana charge last winter along with the ballot initiative in California next Tuesday to legalize pot.
Lincecum, preparing to start Game 1 of the World Series, was asked in a news conference Tuesday about "those funny T-shirts that you see people walking around the streets with" and his folk hero status.
"It's a really good atmosphere," Lincecum said, "As far as the shirts go ... [it's an] it is what it is kind of thing. I'm having fun with it. You see all the Pablo hats or the Panda hats and the Brian Wilson 'Fear the Beard' shirts and things.
"It's just something for them to play on and have fun with, and it's good. I think it gets them involved, and I feel like they're part of the team."
Posted on: October 29, 2009 2:18 am
NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia certainly pitched respectably and kept his team in the game until manager Joe Giradi's bullpen sent Philadelphia on its way -- a New York problem that threatens to undermine the Yanks in this World Series -- but Cliff Lee stole the show.
Yes, they've seen it all before in Cleveland, when Sabathia and Lee were pitching for the Indians. And in the much-anticipated mound matchup, Sabathia watched his old buddy throw a gem.
"He's been pitching great all year," Sabathia said.
That led to a two-out, bases-loaded situation which he escaped, but it was taxing.
So, too, was Chase Utley's third-inning at-bat that resulted in a full-count home run. Utley worked Sabathia over for nine pitches during the duel, fouling off five of them.
Sabathia needed 58 pitches to navigate through the first three innings.
"I was just trying to keep the ball down and I was yanking balls over the plate," Sabathia said. "My two-seamer was down, but it was way down."
He went seven innings, leaving the Yankees in a 2-0 hole when he departed. Utley homered in the third and then drilled another against Sabathia in the sixth on a misplaced 0 and 2 fastball that was supposed to be up-and-in. Instead, he caught too much of the plate.
The first home run pitch was supposed to be a fastball down-and-away that wound up over the middle of the plate.
During his seven innings, Sabathia walked three, fanned six and allowed four hits.
"Three walks," he said. "I was behind everybody. I wish I could stand here and say it was just two pitches.
"I was able to battle back and make pitches when I had to, but that's not how I've been pitching this postseason."
Sabatahia came into the game with a 3-0 postseason record and 1.19 ERA. Girardi has not announced his starting pitchers beyond Game 3 Saturday in Philadelphia, but Sabathia is expected to start Games 1, 4 and 7 for the Yankees. He threw 113 pitches in Game 1, 70 for strikes.