Sunday, October 31, 2010
Game three World Series recap
The San Francisco Giants are feeling pretty mighty after scoring 19 runs on the Texas Rangers go on the road trip to Texas with a 2-0 series lead. The Rangers will be hosting their first ever World Series game. This is a huge game for obvious reasons. If the Giants win the Series is pretty much over while if the Rangers win there is a Series again. There was some noticable faces in the stands. As you saw in my picture I uploaded former United States president George W.Bush was at the game. Team president Nolan Ryan threw out the first pitch.
The Rangers are hoping the shift to an american league ball park can change the series. The Rangers are hoping to get their offense going after being shut out in game two. The Giants will be pitching struggling pitcher Jonathan Sanchez while Texas will be pitching Colby Lewis who defeated the Yankees twice. One team got a bit of offense early and then hung on for the victory.
Colby Lewis shuts down Giants in 4-2 victory
The Rangers needed some pitching in game three to stop the Giants sudden offensive explosion. Colby Lewis who was pitching in Japan the last two seasons has now won his last three postseason starts. Lewis had shut down the Giants for much of the evening. He also got some early support early on from the home run ball. The Rangers who didn't hit a single home run in the first two games in San Francisco finally busted out with some offense.
The Rangers got on the board early with two outs in the second inning. Ron Washington going against the manager odds started lefty Mitch Moreland against lefty Jonathan Sanchez. Moreland responded with a three run home run to get the crowd fired up and give the Rangers a 3-0 lead. Their biggest lead of the series.
The home runs kept coming out for the Rangers. When ALCS MVP Josh Hamilton belted a two out home run in the fifth to give the Rangers a commanding 4-0 lead. The Rangers were finally getting some pitching and giving the Giants a taste of their own medicine with the two out runs. They also chased Giants starter Sanchez who pitched just 4.2 innings giving up 4 runs. The Giants have scored 13 runs in the first two games with two outs. The Rangers were led by Colby Lewis who was shutting down the mighty Giants hitters.
The Giants offense mainly the top of the order were shut down. The Giants offense was held to just five hits and Pat Burrell continueing his awful World Series struck out four times and has struck out eight times in nine at bats this series. Coly Lewis had them shut out through six innings.
The Giants finally got some offense when NLCS MVP Cody Ross went deep in the seventh then in the eighth leadoff hitter Andres Torres hit a home run off Lewis to cut the lead to 4-2. All of a sudden the crowd was getting scared as the game was slipping away from the Rangers. Colby Lewis day was over but not after receiving a standing ovation from the crowd. Lewis like he did against the Yankees pitched deep into the game and shut down his opponent. Lewis pitched 7.2 innings allowing 5 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts.
The Rangers bullpen finally got the job done retiring all four hitters they faced. Closer Neftali Feliz pitched a perfect ninth including two strikeouts to save the first World Series win in franchise history. In front of the former president and all-time strikeout king the Rangers have made this a series again.
I still think the Giants are in great shape. If a team is decent at all they always win game three at home when down 2-0. Now my favorite game in the series is always game four. If the Giants win they are up 3-1 with their three aces left in the series, while if the Rangers win it's 2-2 and Cliff Lee pitching at home in game five. The Rangers offense is still struggling they got all four runs off of home runs with two outs. That is why baseball is great because it is so unpredictable. The Rangers won this game with their 9th hitter hitting a three run bomb and a pitcher who was pitching in the Japan Leagues the past two seasons shutting down the Giants.