San Francisco, CA – A rocky start turned into one of the best games the Giants have played thus far. Over coming struggles in the past of getting hits is now behind them. A slug fest began at the mercy of Cliff Lee.
Freddy Sanchez led the way in putting up the runs going 4-for-4. But it took a team effort from everyone to stun the Texas Rangers, taking game one of the World Series 11-7.
“Well, it’s something that hopefully the hitters can build on,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “You get confidence like that, we faced a good pitcher tonight and he wasn’t quite on top of his game.” “Timmy wasn’t quite as sharp either, it’s not quite the game we thought it would be.”
Tim Lincecum gave up eight hits, four runs, two walks and struck out three. Not one of his best nights lasting only 5 2/3 innings. One of the most questionable and shocking plays happened in the first frame. Lincecum fielded Nelson Cruz’s grounder and ran Michael Young back to third safely.
What he describes as a “brain fart” loaded the bases with one out and a run already in but luckily Ian Kinsler grounded into a double play to end the inning.
“You start to second guess yourself,” Lincecum said. “Giving up four hits in the first two innings you try to think about how your going to approach the next guy.” “They allowed me to get myself together by scoring those two big runs and creating a lot of momentum for us.”
The Giants tied the game bottom of the third when Edgar Renteria reached first base on a fielding error by Young at third base. Lee then gave up back-to-back doubles to both Sanchez and Buster Posey. This was the surge they needed before completely dominating throughout the game.
By the fifth San Francisco had “blown the top” wide open. Both Andres Torres and Sanchez doubled to start the inning off. Then Juan Uribe knocked one towards the fans in center field sending the sellout crowd to their feet. Uribe’s three-run homer put them up 8-2.
“After the second double I felt like I was seeing the ball better than I had all post season and that helped,” Sanchez said.”
The Rangers trying to stay in the game scored two more runs in the sixth inning. Former Giants catcher Bengie Molina hit a RBI double followed by David Murphy’s RBI single.
Texas committed two of its four errors to assist the Giants in securing their victory. Collecting nine hits with runners in scoring position the Giants matched its total for the entire National League Championship Series against the Phillies.
“You bet a hundred bucks in Vegas, you’re probably a millionaire, aren’t you?” said Aubrey Huff. “That’s what’s funny about the postseason, you never know what’s going to happen.”
The Giants added three more runs through the eighth. Renteria leadoff the inning with a single to right field then advanced to third on a fielding error by Murphy. Pinch hitter Travis Ishikawa hit a RBI double followed by Sanchez’s single and Nate Schierholtz single to center field.
The woes continued for the Rangers as they had no defense to stop San Francisco’s batting frenzy. Lee had a 2-0 lead after two innings but only lasted five frames as his seven game postseason winning streak came to an abrupt end. Allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits was not his best game.
“It was bad but it’s part of the game,” Cruz said. “You’re not going to be perfect every night, we’ve been in this situation before and we’ll bounce back.” “We don’t play good defense and with that you have a good chance to lose the game.”