Thursday the San Francisco Giants inched one step closer to winning the team’s first championship since the 1954 season when the team was still located in New York.
All season long the team’s pitching has been the focal point of their success. While Tim Lincecum gets most of the attention from fans and critics both on and off the field, Giants fans have watched a more low-key star rise beneath the shadow of Lincecum. The quiet and reserved Matt Cain took to the mound to face the Texas Rangers in Game 2. While fans around the world may have been wondering ‘Who’s this guy?’ as Cain shut down the Rangers offense with 7 2/3 shutout innings, Giants fans know from Cain’s 50-8 record when the team scores 3 or more runs for him.
Across the diamond Team President of the Texas Rangers Nolan Ryan sat in disappointment. Ironically, the traditional and somewhat “vintage” mechanics that Cain use, have an old school feel. The same way that Ryan’s did during his storied Hall of Fame career. Cain has now stretched his scoreless inning streak in the post-season to 21 1/3 innings. Only four other pitchers in history have done better, Christy Mathewson, Waite Hoyt, Carl Hubbell and Kenny Rogers.
Rangers starter C.J. Wilson was nearly as impressive with 6 strong innings. His only big mistake being a home run to Edgar Renteria in the fifth inning. However, a nagging blister forced him out of the game early in the 7th inning, down 1-0. The Texas bullpen seemed to untypically crumble after Wilson left the game, giving up 7 runs, 4 walks and 4 hits, all with 2 outs in the eighth inning.
By the time it was over the Giants had another offensive outburst and finished with a 9-0 win. The World Series will now head to Texas, where the Rangers will look to use the support of the home team fans to get them in the win column.
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