The World Series score is now 1-0 to favor the Giants. This kind of World Series score is surprising enough, given that the Giants needed to beat Cliff Lee. But the way the Giants took Game 1 took everyone aback, as they took Lee and the Rangers out early. Throughout the postseason, the Giants have been called a weak offensive team, in spite of their big hits to win the pennant. Yet now that the World Series favors the Giants, the Rangers are now behind the eight ball.
Despite starting out on the road, the Rangers became favored for their first world championship. With a hot offense in the ALCS, and with Cliff Lee able to start Game 1, the Rangers looked like a solid bet. That continued through the first 2 ½ innings, as they went up 2-0 and perhaps should have gotten more.
The score in Game 1 could have been out of reach early, as the Rangers went up 1-0 in the first with the bases loaded. Tim Lincecum was not sharp, and made a big error by not throwing Michael Young out at third. If Ian Kinsler got a big hit, the Giants would have been in massive trouble – yet he hit into a double play on the first pitch.
Lee showed signs of weakness early, giving up two doubles. But he broke in the third inning, allowing the Giants to tie the game. With Lincecum starting to settle down, Texas was now the team hanging on by a thread.
At last, the score blew open for the Giants, as the supposed weak offense in the series kept getting two out hits. Even taking Lee out didn’t help, as Juan Uribe promptly put things out of reach with a three-run bomb.
The Rangers’ offense didn’t let up, however, as they closed an 8-2 deficit into 11-7 by the end. But by then, it was too little, too late. For the second straight series, Texas has suffered a damaging Game 1 loss, although this one could be worse.
When the Rangers blew the start of the ALCS, they still had Game 2 at home, and had Lee looming for Game 3. Yet last night’s score had Lee falling apart, which took away the Rangers’ biggest psychological edge. Now that the Giants know they can beat Lee, they will have no fear against him in Game 5 – if there is one.
Josh Hamilton never got going, while Texas blew big early chances and committed four errors. Now, all of a sudden, a split in San Francisco is no longer a certainty. A loss tonight would leave the Rangers down 2-0, against a Giants team that has won big on the road.
Their chance to even the World Series score will come tonight, at 7:57 p.m. est on FOX.
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