The World Series Game 2 stood to make a huge difference. Either the World Series Game 2 score would even things at 1-1, or put the Texas Rangers in a big 2-0 hole. Obviously there is a big difference, as even home field for the next 2-3 games might not help the Rangers rally. Therefore, they had to do it in San Francisco before the Giants got too far ahead. But as it turned out, the Giants waited until the end of Game 2 to go up big, punctuating a 9-0 victory.
After the Cliff Lee-Tim Lincecum duel turned into a 11-7 shootout, Matt Cain and C.J. Wilson appeared to restore order. Cain hadn’t given up an earned run for the entire postseason, and Wilson had become the Rangers’ second ace behind Lee. They both handcuffed batters for almost five innings, and made the first run that much more important to get.
The Game 2 score turned on one big blast from Edgar Renteria, who gave the Giants a sudden 1-0 lead in the fifth. Earlier in the inning, the Rangers had their first big chance to strike first, but a leadoff double – and near home run – from Ian Kinsler was wasted.
Another golden chance fell by in the sixth, as the Rangers had two men on with one out. Yet two harmless popups kept Cain perfect, while Wilson had to leave in the seventh with a blister. Once Wilson left, the floodgates truly opened.
A Juan Uribe double gave the Giants a 2-0 cushion before Cain and Javier Lopez got out of another jam in the eighth. Up to this point, the Game 2 score was low and tight, with limited offense to speak of. After the first two Giants were retired in the eighth, it seemed like this would continue into the ninth.
Yet all of a sudden, the Rangers’ bullpen could not seem to get a single strike. Four consecutive walks brought home two Giants’ runs, then Renteria, Aaron Roward and Andres Torres drove home five more with hits. By the end, the Giants got seven two-out runs to secure a 9-0 win, and rest Brian Wilson for the night.
In two wins, the Giants have gotten 20 runs, with 13 of them coming in two innings. Yet Game 2 was probably decided well before the seven-run eighth, given Cain’s dominance, the Rangers’ offensive struggles, and Wilson looming in the ninth. But the Giants got to rest their closer in another example of how lopsided things are so far.
After Game 2, the World Series now appears unlikely to go back to San Francisco, unless Texas can get two wins at Arlington. With the Giants’ road success in the postseason, and the damage they just did at home, that no longer seems like a safe bet.
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