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Yesterday was the pitching duel that wasn’t.  Tonight was the pitching duel we expected yesterday – until the dam burst.  And then it wasn’t!!
Giants Win Game 2 In 9 - 0 Shutout of Rangers!!

Giants Win Game 2 In 9 – 0 Shutout of Rangers!!

The game was decided in the 5th inning.  A sure-thing, Ranger home run hit the top of the outfield fence and bounced back into the field of play.  It was caught on the rebound and the runner was held at second base with a double.  This is what is commonly referred to as an “Act of God”.  When something this unusual happens, it almost always means the Baseball gods are smiling on the “lucky” team – that day if not for the series.  I was feelin’ the ORANGE and Rally Dog was shakin’.
In the bottom of the 5th, a solo HR by the Giants Renteria broke the goose-eggs.  It remained a close 1 to 0 game with an “anything can happen” feel until Uribe got a double in the 7th to add insurance.  It seemed then as if 2 runs would be enough to end the game and all the Giants had to do was hang on.
Instead of a defensive closer, Giant fans were treated to a Texas Nightmare/California Dream.  C.J. Wilson, (the Ranger starting pitcher), burst the blister on his throwing hand and was reduced to physically only being able to throw a curve ball without pain.  The Rangers began substituting pitchers.  With two outs in the bottom of the eight inning, the Giant’s got 7 runs.  Three of them were forced runs on bases loaded walks.  “Fear the Beard” Brian Wilson is sent back to the bench and Guillermo Mota finishes the game.  Shutout!!
What did we learn?  The Giants are hot!!  The Rangers – particularly the pitchers seem to be on a stage too high.  They are matching up well – which tells me it won’t be a sweep, but they are not getting very many breaks.  After all, how many times does a HR lip off a fence and fall back into play?  So far, the Giants 1st and 2nd pitcher are better than the Rangers 1st and 2nd.  The Cain vs Wilson match-up, in particular, seems to favor SF.  This means if the Series goes to 6 or 7 games, the Giants will have a big edge.  The collapse of the Ranger bullpen in the 8th is particularly troubling for any Texas fans.  The Series now goes to Texas where the Rangers should get a bit of rejuvenation.  It’s hard to imagine them winning three in a row, though.  That means they’ll have to come back to AT&T and win both games to win the series.  While nothing is impossible – again, it seems very unlikely at this point.
At the moment, the Giants need to win 2 games out of the remaining 5 to win the Series.  They only need to play 400 ball.  The Rangers, on the other hand, need to win 4 out of the remaining 5 games to take the Series.  What are the odds of the Rangers playing 800 ball to win the Series?  My revised prediction – it’s looking more like a 4-1 Giants Series than a 4-2 Series.  Fingers crossed!!!
Go Giants!!!  I AM ORANGE INSIDE!!!
PS: I’ve decided to call Rally Dog “Bingo” from now on.  Only a nerd baseball fan will know why.
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Game 1 of the 2010 World Series was not the game anyone expected.  The final was SF Giants 11, the Texas Rangers 7, but the score fails to tell the depth or breadth of the victory.
Win #1 - Giants 11, Rangers 7

Win #1 – Giants 11, Rangers 7

Neither team’s aces had very good outings, but Texas’ Lee was chased from the mound.  SF’s Lincecum was merely pulled.
The start of the game definitely favored the Ranger’s.  So far this post-season, most of the Giants pitchers have started slow and then settled in to good to great outings.  Today was another slow start for Lincecum who faced seven batters before getting his first strike out.  At the end of two innings, the Giants were down 2 to 0 and it looked like the Rangers might run away with the game without any major hits.
The worm turned and the Giants got two runs in the 3rd inning.
Game tied, the Giants and the crowd seem restored.  Suddenly, the Giants exploded with 6 runs in the 5th inning and they seized control of the game – 8 to 2.  Lee is chased off the mound by the Giants bats and actually appears to run from the field to the bench.  I was left wondering, if I’d actually seen that or if it was some other player.  No one comments, so I’m left feeling it must have been a coach or assistant trotting off the field to the dugout.
Meanwhile, Tim settled down and lasted through most the 6th inning giving up another two runs before being shown to the bench.  Still, unless the highly improbable happens, Lincecum knows he’s going to get the “W” in this game.
The improbable does NOT happen.  The Rangers threaten with two runs in the 6th inning to make it 8 to 4 Giants.  The Giants respond with 3 insurance runs in the 8th inning – making it 11 to 4 Giants.  The Rangers threaten again with 3 more runs in the 9th inning, but it’s far too little, far too late.  Final – Giants 11, Rangers 7.
What did we learn??  The Giants can hit.  The Rangers can hit.  Neither one of the number 1 pitchers are infallible.  That’s a tougher lesson for the Rangers who had Lee with a “walk on water” playoff record of 7 wins and 0 losses before tonight.  It’s an encouraging lesson for the Giants who will almost certainly have to face Lee again.  The Rangers are not going to quit. Down 8 to 2 and 11 to 4 they continued to fight right through the last out of the 9th.  The Giants don’t panic.  At the end of 2, the Rangers looked like a steamroller and Lincecum looked badly touchable.  Another Giants team might have folded up their tent to go home.  This year’s Giants re-tied their shoelaces, pulled their caps down lower and went back after the Rangers.  The Giants got 5 runs off of Lee, but they got 6 off of the Rangers bullpen.  This means once we get by their starter on any given day, we’re going to be in a good position to do more.  The Rangers, on the other hand, got 4 runs off of Tim but only 3 off of our bullpen.  While just one game is too small a sample for a real solid opinion, it looks like our quality depth and variety will mean the difference, the longer each starter goes and the longer the series goes.
As a Giants fan, I want a sweep.  As a realist, I’m expecting another 4 to 2 series win for the Giants – based mostly on the fact that our best faced their best and we won round one.  These two will probably go head to head again in either game 6 or game 7.  I’m expecting game 6.  But the home field advantage is with the Giants.  As long as the Giants hold serve tomorrow and go back to Texas up two-nil, it’s unlikely Texas will win all three back there.  That means we’ll come home with two games to win one and the Giants have shown (repeatedly) they can get the job done.
As a fan of baseball and sports in general – history shows that great teams play great series.  That means you either dominate and sweep or the series goes to seven games and you manage to win.  Strangely enough, (in my humble opinion,) most sweeps are NOT remembered as great series.  It’s the seven game series which are remembered across the decades.  Strangely enough, even the losing teams find history (and glory) in a seven game series.  Is it blasphemy to want the Giants to win in a sweep, but hope they win in seven (as opposed to 5 or 6)?
Go Giants!!  I AM ORANGE INSIDE!!
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Fear the Beard!!!  Go GIANTS!!!

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Have you seen this man?  The newest member of the San Francisco Giants Pitchers Witness Protection Program.
I AM ORANGE INSIDE!!!
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This weekend, I upgraded some of my Giants kit to go along with our advancing into the 2010 World Series.  I also got shirts for Hil and the kids.

Hil making me laugh

Hil making me laugh

Fear The Beard

Fear The Beard

Fear The Beard - Dyed black for the World Series

Fear The Beard – Dyed black for the World Series

Hil and me selecting images for the web

Hil and me selecting images for the web

Hil and me showing off our new Orange

Hil and me showing off our new Orange

You’ll notice I’ve dyed my beard black (FEAR THE BEARD!!) for the Series!!!
Go GIANTS!!!  I AM ORANGE INSIDE!!!
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