The San Francisco Giants looked comfortable hitting at home tonight, and jumped on the Texas Rangers for six runs in the fifth inning in route to an 11-7 victory in the first game of the 2010 World Series. Cliff Lee started for the Rangers in what was supposed to be a pitchers duel, and looked reasonably sharp until the fifth when the wheels fell off and he was roughed up for four runs. Even worse, Juan Uribe smacked a three run home run off of reliever Darren O’Day as the very first batter.
World Series Game 1 Summary
What was supposed to be a pitchers duel in San Francisco ended up in a slugfest with 15 total runs and both pitchers leaving early. The Rangers looked the better team for the first couple of innings, but once the Giants broke through on Lee in the third all bets were off.
Things started off well for the Rangers as they staked Cliff Lee to a two run lead by scoring one run in each of the first two innings. But the Giants bats woke up in the bottom of the third when they scored two to tie it up. It remained tied until the bottom of the fifth when the GIants got hot, chased Lee with four runs, and then got two more off O’Day. The game settled in until the bottom of the eighth when the Giants added three more. The Rangers are no quitters and tacked on three runs in the top of the ninth to make the 11-7 final score look a little more respectable. So much for a pitchers duel.
Error-Filled Game 1
It was not quite a full moon but something was in the air in San Francisco as the two teams totaled six errors in the game. Texas tied its season high with four errors and the Giants chipped in two more to make the total.
World Series Game 1 Notes
Tim Linecum pitched reasonably well for the Giants in earning the win with four earned runs and three strikeouts. Freddy Sanchez was four out of five with three RBIs for the Giants, and Juan Uribe had a homerun and three RBIs. Benjie Molina and Mitch Moreland had two hits each for the Rangers. And Vladimir Guerro and Nelson Cruz also had two RBIs each.
For more on the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants in the 2010 World Series see:
2010 MLB World Series Set – ALCS Texas Rangers Vs NLCS San Francisco Giants
MLB Scores – San Francisco Wins to Take 2-1 NLCS Lead; Texas Wins to Take 3-1 ALCS Lead
MLB Scores – Rangers Blank Yankees 8-0; Take 2-1 Series Lead in ALCS