2010 World Series Game 2 is Thursday night, with the Giants vs. Rangers taking center stage again. World Series Game 1 was on Wednesday night, and ended very favorably for the San Francisco Giants, as they won 11-7 over Texas Rangers ace Cliff Lee. It was the best of both worlds for San Francisco fans, as the Giants offense came alive and they were able to beat the best pitcher the Rangers have to offer this postseason. It’s impossible to overstate how much of an advantage winning Game 1 will give these Giants, and they look to extend that series lead Thursday night in San Francisco.
The World Series Game 1 box score says it all, as the San Francisco bats came alive on Wednesday night. That wasn’t the only reason the Giants won either, because the defense of these Rangers was just terrible. Four errors, two by outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, made it even harder for the Rangers pitchers to find a rhythm, and by the end of the night, it looked like the Rangers couldn’t do anything right. Their offense again came through with seven runs, but on a night where they gave up 11, that just wasn’t going to cut it in Game 1. Now they will have to rebound quickly, because Game 2 presents another Giants ace pitcher.
Cliff Lee wasn’t the ace we have become accustomed to in the postseason, giving up seven runs in less than five innings of work. He seemed tentative, and didn’t put his team in the best position to win Game 1. Tim Lincecum wasn’t perfect for the Giants either, giving up four runs on eight hits in just over five innings of work. Lincecum did pick up the win, but it took six relief pitchers for the Giants to close the door on Wednesday night.
As for the Giants offense, the player of the game had to be Freddy Sanchez, who had three doubles, three RBIs, and two runs scored in the victory. Once again a new hero for the Giants lineup appeared when they needed it the most.
World Series Game 2 starting pitchers are Matt Cain for the San Francisco Giants and C.J. Wilson for the Texas Rangers. Wilson had a rough outing against the New York Yankees in his second start of the ALCS, taking the loss back on Oct. 20. Wilson’s player card shows that he has pitched well overall this postseason, with three starts and a 3.93 ERA. As for Matt Cain, he still hasn’t given up an earned run in 2010 postseason, shutting down both the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Playoffs. Now he will look to put the Giants up 2-0 with his start on Thursday night.
The World Series Game 2 start time is 4:57 p.m. PT (7:57 p.m. ET), with live broadcast on Fox, Thursday, Oct. 28.