Being back in the Lone Star State was advantageous for the Texas Rangers as they defeated the San Francisco Giants 4 to 2 in the third game of the World Series last night. Would Texas be able to reprise their victory in Game 4 or would San Francisco have something else in mind? Televised by Fox, the Giants went to bat first and demonstrated a modicum amount more offensive spirit tonight than yesterday. Their defense was spot-on when it was the Rangers turn to bat.
The Rangers demonstrated defensive confidence in the second inning that the Giants mirrored right back. Infielder Freddy Sanchez made an incredible backwards leap of a catch (followed by backwards roll) in the bottom of the inning. The top of the third inning saw the Giants put two runs onto the scoreboard (via outfielder Andres Torres and infielder Aubrey Huff). San Francisco 2 and Texas 0.
Alexi Ogando had to leave pitching duties for Texas in the sixth inning due to an injury of some sort (pulled muscle?). Darren Oliver replaced him. The Giants got another run in the stop of the seventh inning when an Andres Torres hit enabled Edgar Renteria to get home. San Francisco 3 and Texas 0. Giants catcher Buster Poesy increased his team’s lead with a solo homerun in the top of the eighth inning. San Francisco 4 and Texas 0. Final score.
Pitchers for the Giants were Madison Bumgarner and Brian Wilson.
Pitchers for the Rangers were Tommy Hunter, Alexi Ogando, Darren Oliver, Darren O’Day, and Derek Holland.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. Lyle Lovett sang “The Star Spangled Banner” with an accompanying cellist. He wore a World Series jacket and looked severely dehydrated. His version of the National Anthem was rather somber.
2. The first pitch was thrown by former Presidents George Bush and son. They rode in from the left gate. Dad wore red and son wore blue. Nolan Ryan served as catcher. Barbara Bush was taking pictures with a digital camera. Laura Bush sat next to her. George W. actually threw the ball; his father stood back and watched.
3. Joe Buck and Tim McCarver were commentators. Buck wore a beige suit jacket, a lavender button-down shirt, and a navy-lavender diagonally striped tie.
4. Andres Torres got himself to either second or third base in the top of the third inning. Aubrey Huff hit the ball out of the park, and that produced the two runs.
5. One of the spectators was dressed like a Jack Nicholson Joker with Heath Ledger hair and makeup. Another spectator was dressed like Elvis, the latter years. Another spectator was wearing a Captain America costume.
6. Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa nearly did a split in the bottom of the fourth when he stretch to catch Freddy Sanchez’s throw (to get Michael Young out at first).
7. HOLY SAN MARIANAS TRENCH!!! In the top of the sixth inning, upon returning from commercial break, the telecast went to the press box where Joe Buck was pointing out the Halloween decor. He also made a reference to Hamlet! There was an off-screen skull and Buck remarked, “You can even say ‘Alas poor Yorrick, I knew him well, Horatio.”
8. For me, the suspense in baseball results from both the pitching and the batting when there’s someone on a base. Every time the batter strikes out, doesn’t bother, or some other scenario that prevents him from hitting the ball, it makes me think of a football team’s inability to get another set of downs.
9. 4 Troops sang “God Bless America” in the middle of the seventh inning. They should’ve done it acapella.
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