Well that was totally unexpected.
So much for the low-scoring pitching showdown between Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum in Game 1 of the World Series between the Rangers and Giants.
The Giants are up 1-0 in the series after winning Game 1, 11-7.
Gotta love how baseball never fails to surprise you right when you think you know what’s coming.
* Note to Rangers manager Ron Washington: Teach Ian Kinsler how to run the bases like a pro and bench Vlad Guerrero. Kinsler’s wide turn at first that led to an easy out and Vlad’s sad excuse for defense in right field were just brutal to watch. Giving away outs kills you in October when there’s no margin for error.
* I can’t put my finger on it but for some reason I don’t have a lot of faith in Texas’ Game 2 starter C.J. Wilson. San Francisco will throw a lot of right handed bats at him and since they pounded Lee they should be able to handle Wilson. You know he’s going to walk some guys and the Giants have had a knack for making the most of their opportunities in the postseason.
* What got into the Giants hitters? I saw that Barry Bonds was at the ballpark, did he slip everyone some steroids? Crazy but damn entertaining.
* What were the Rangers thinking when they added relief pitcher Mark Lowe to the postseason roster? He’s been on the disabled list since they acquired him in the Cliff Lee trade. He should be on a rehab assignment, not pitching in the World Series after such a long layoff.
* Speaking of pitchers with a little too much time off to deal with, does anyone else think that having 8 days off had a little something to do with Lee’s subpar performance? I can’t wait to see how he looks in his next start. The Giants better enjoy tagging him for 6 earned runs in less than 5 innings while they can.
* I’ll give the Rangers credit for continuing to grind it out and put runs on the board after Lee got knocked out of the game and it looked like the Giants were on their way to winning a laugher. Getting closer Brian Wilson into the game could pay off big in Game 2 if it gets down to a battle of the bullpens.
* What a fun, emotional rollercoaster ride in Game 1. One minute you have to wonder how the Rangers are going to handle getting shelled and then a few innings later they’re mounting a longshot threat to get back into the game in the 9th inning.
At that point you had to wonder what the Giants were thinking. They scored more runs than their mediocre lineup usually puts up in 2 weeks and they still had to hold on for dear life.
Hopefully that’s an indication that this series is going to go down to the wire every night.