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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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2010 Giants Win Game 2 Shutout of Rangers – 9 to 0!!!

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Another awesome 1 run victory by the San Francisco Giants.  Heavy underdogs to the Phillies, the Giants go to PA and take Game 1 on a off night for our star pitcher (Tim Lincecum) and a great 2 home run performance by Cody Ross (a mid-year acquisition).

Wow! Halladay looks for real... Tim L. is just barely keepin it together...

Wow! Halladay looks for real… Tim L. is just barely keepin it together…

Cody shows the wood!! Giants 1 to 0

Cody shows the wood!! Giants 1 to 0

ARGHHH - The Phillies tie it up

ARGHHH – The Phillies tie it up

CODY - 2nd HR - You Da MAN!!

CODY – 2nd HR – You Da MAN!!

Another war of attrition - MY NERVES...

Another war of attrition – MY NERVES…

That's Right - Game 1 FINAL - Giants 4 to 3!! SWEET!!

That’s Right – Game 1 FINAL – Giants 4 to 3!! SWEET!!

Tomorrow is game 2 and if the Giants win that one, folks are going to go NUTS around here!!!
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The Giants take an early lead and then seven innings of beautiful no-hitting falls apart as the Giants surrender a 1-0 game to a 2 run homer by the Braves.

Giants Up 1 - 0 !! Sweet!!

Giants Up 1 – 0 !!  Sweet!!

Giants fall behind 1 - 2!! My Heart!! Call 9-1-1...

Giants fall behind 1 – 2!!  My Heart!! Call 9-1-1…

Oh, please; oh, please; oh, please...

Oh, please;  oh, please;  oh, please…

Yeah!! Giants back on top, 3 - 2!!

Yeah!!  Giants back on top, 3 – 2!!

Giant Win 3 - 2!!! Where's my bowl? I need a drink...

Giant Win 3 – 2!!!  Where’s my bowl?  I need a drink…

Then, the Giants rally to take the lead back, 3-2, in the 9th inning.  They hold on for the dramatic away win!  Stealing one from the Braves in Atlanta, the Giants can win it tomorrow or bring it home for a game 5 tie-breaker on Wednesday.
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Some thoughts by “Rally Dog” on yesterday’s heartbreaking loss by the Giants:  5 to 4 after being up 4 to zip…

On the armrest, assume the position - waiting for the pre-game show...

On the armrest, assume the position – waiting for the pre-game show…

Everybody up for the National Anthem

Everybody up for the National Anthem

National Anthem's done. Where's the chips and dip?

National Anthem’s done. Where’s the chips and dip?

Their leadoff batter gets the first hit of the game. I'm sooo tense!!

Their lead-off batter gets the first hit of the game. I’m sooo tense!!

4 - 4 !! These Giants are tearing my heart out!

4 – 4 !! These Giants are tearing my heart out!

Stick a fork in me. I'm done... 5 - 4 Loss!

Stick a fork in me. I’m done… 5 – 4 Loss!

Keep the Faith – We’ll get ’em Sunday!!
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Game Two – Hearbreaking Loss

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