SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 28: Starting pitcher Matt Cain #18 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the first inning against the Texas Rangers in Game Two of the 2010 MLB World Series at AT&T Park on October 28, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jeff Chiu/Pool/Getty Images)
The Giants' Matt Cain started with a commanding first three innings, answered every call, and left with more than a few sliders in his arm in the seventh inning. Actually, only four hits allowed in 7 2/3 innings on the night. Against the best hitting team -- until now -- in the American League.
Then it became another crooked-number game, with seven Giants runs in the bottom of the eighth. Not only did that serve as the clencher, but it also prevented Brian 'Fear the Beard' Wilson from appearing in the ninth. (That task falling to Guillermo Mota for his first appearance of this post season.)
The San Francisco Giants have shocked many parts of the world by winning the first two games of the 2010 World Series -- especially given that their bats did most of the lifting. Well, the bats and some errant Texas Rangers pitching.
Heading back to Texas, even with an utter collapse there, Giants fans know they can take the Championship at home. (Thanks to the National League finally winning an All-Star Game.)
Texas Rangers starter CJ Wilson matched Cain for five innings until the Giants' Edgar Renteria hit a towering, solo shot into deep left field. Then the bullpen was re-introduced to the Giants lineup. After that, the wheels came off for the Rangers.
Especially in the bottom of the 8th, when Rangers pitching walked home two more runs, increasing the Giants lead from 2-0 to 4-0. Then Renteria hit a single to extend the lead to 6-0, giving him three RBI on the night. And then Rowand hits a towering two-run triple to make it 8-0. That was a pinch-hit triple, btw. Then Torres doubles again, scoring Rowand, making it 9-0.
Finally, Freddy Sanchez bats again in the inning, striking out -- again -- and ends it.
The eighth inning, as it were, served as the Rangers Waterloo. At least in Game 2.
Leading 9-0 going into the top of the ninth, Brian 'Fear the Beard' Wilson was put on ice in favor of Guillermo Mota -- who made his first appearance of the entire post-season. The franchise's first shutout since 1962.