The 2010 World Series Game Two goes to the Giants

Posted by Zotta Rendevouz

Game Two  of the 2010 World Series was a quality game – except for the disastrous seven run bottom of the eighth inning with two outs. As for the Texas offense tonight - no Pedro Guerrero, no Bengie Molina - no offense taken.
Starting pitcher Matt Cain and CJ Wilson provided solid pitching performances tonight during the San Francisco Giants 9-0 victory over the Texas Rangers. A fifth inning solo home run by Edgar Renteria and a seventh inning RBI bloop single by Juan Uribe had produced the only two runs of this game for the Giants until that fateful eighth inning that put the game far out of reach. Wilson pitched six inni8ngs, allowing two runs (one scored after he departed the game) and three hits, while striking out four and walking two. He was able to throw his off-speed pitches on fastball counts and keep the Giants in check all night, except for that chin high fastball to Renteria.
Matt Cain had only two innings in which he faced danger. Ian Kinsler came within inches of a leadoff home run in the 5th inning but was stranded in scoring position. In the sixth inning, consecutive singles by Michael Young and Josh Hamilton and a wild pitch put Cain in a predicament. He was able to get Nelson Cruz and Kinsler to pop out to end the Rangers only threat of the night. Cain threw 7 2/3 innings, giving up no runs on four hits. He stuck out two and walked two. In this post-season, Cain has yet to allow an earned run in 21 2/3 innings.
So the Giants came back and won Game One in a manner to which they are not accustomed and win Game Two with solid pitching and controlled the game in their usual manner. Which Giant team will we see on Saturday night at Arlington? Which Texas team  will show up to face Jonathan Sanchez?

Random Points to Ponder….
Nolan Ryan looked in pain when the Rangers pitchers lost their control in the eighth inning and gave up four consecutive walks. But, somewhere deep inside he remembers that while he holds the career record for strikeouts (5714, 839 more than Randy Johnson) he also holds the career record for walks (2795, 967 more than Steve Carlton).
The Giants left mid-season acquisition Jose Guillen off of the post-season roster, and one reason may have been that according to Michael Schmidt of the New York Times, “federal authorities informed Major League Baseball that he was tied to an investigation into shipments of performance-enhancing drugs”.
ESPN commentator and current Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter had a great segment on the pre-game show tonight, showing that Giants catcher Buster Posey did not back up first base on two separate occasions at the end of Game One. It turned out not to be important – at least at that moment – but Buck used it as an example of how you have to teach and instruct players even after a win.