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The first two games of the World Series took place in San Francisco. The third game unfolded in Arlington, Texas. Would home field be a boon or a bust for the Rangers? Broadcast on Fox, the Giants were at bat first. Good gourde! Rangers Vladimir Guerrero nearly hit the a Jonathan Sanchez ball out of the park. Giants outfielder Pat Burrell was able to catch it. The second inning was progressing rather uneventfully when Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland hit a homerun, sending himself and his two teammates through to home.
The third and fourth innings were scoreless. The fifth inning featured an amazing double-play by the Giants (courtesy of Juan Uribe and Freddy Sanchez) in getting two Rangers out at second and first bases. Shortly thereafter, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton hit the ball into the stands. Texas 4 and San Francisco 0. Guillermo Mota replaced Jonathan Sanchez in the bottom of the fifth inning.
It became apparent in the seventh inning that home field was a boon for the Rangers…and then Giants outfielder Cody Ross hit a homerun. Texas 4 and San Francisco 1. Jeremy Affeldt took over pitching in the bottom of the seventh. Andres Torres hit a homerun in the top of the eighth inning, bringing the Giants point deficit to two. Darren O’Day replaced Colby Lewis as pitcher. Ramon Ramirez replaced Affeldt in the bottom of the inning. The ninth inning saw Neftali Feliz on the mound for the Rangers. The Giants had moments of offensive shine but it wasn’t sufficiently resilient. Texas would be taking home bragging rights tonight. 4 to 2.
Pitchers for the Giants were Jonathan Sanchez, Guillermo Mota, Jeremy Affeldt, and Ramon Ramirez.
Pitchers for the Rangers were Colby Lewis, and Darren O’Day.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. Chuck Morgan was the public address announcer.
2. Kelly Clarkson sang the National Anthem.
3. Joe Buck and Tim McCarver returned as commentators. Buck wore a navy suit, a white and very thin, dark-striped shirt, and an orange-silvery horizontally striped tie. It looked like an orange creamsicle! Or a cremesaver. Yummy.
4. Nolan Ryan threw the first pitch of the game.
5. Colby Lewis is tall! He’s ambidextrous too.
6. Former el Presidente and First Lady were sitting next to Nolan Ryan (just behind home base).
7. In the top of the second inning, the camera cut to a medium shot of Giants pitcher Matt Cain leaning against the front bar of the dugout. A law enforcement agent was standing in the corner; a pair of sunglasses sat atop his forehead. He was chewing something. I couldn’t tell if it was gum or other things that would require spitting.
8. Mitch Moreland likes to bite his nails.
9. Are Jonathan Sanchez’s eyebrows naturally dark or did he experiment with eye liner?
10. The cast of Raising Hope was in the house.
11. Freddy Sanchez nearly got hit on the head by a Colby Lewis 76mph curve ball in the top of the sixth inning.
12. Ron Washington was chewing hot pink gum!
13. Did one of the commentators say that Benghie Molina would get a ring no matter what team won?
14. Actress Martha Plimpton sang “God Bless America” in the middle of the seventh inning. Wow, she’s a bass.
Click here for the Giants’ roster and here for the Rangers’ roster.
Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.
Read about Game 1; read about Game 2.