One Win Away

The Giants shut out the Rangers for the second time this World Series, with a lethal combination of incredible defence and rookie batterymates who put together a perfect plan for collecting Texas outs.  Home runs from Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey provided more than enough offense for San Francisco to win the game 4-0 and take a commanding 3-1 series lead heading into Game Five in Texas tomorrow night.

After eight innings of three hit ball from Madison Bumgarner, Brian Wilson closed out a three up three down ninth inning, throwing less than a dozen pitches and remaining available for use tomorrow as well.  While Bumgarner was the hero for the Giants, Vladimir Guerrero had a Burrellesque performance striking out in all three of his at bats.

It’s easy to pick on Vladdy for his poor performance this series, but the entire Rangers lineup looked lost at the plate tonight.

Stray Observations:

  • I love Tommy Hunter’s Sidney Ponson costume.
  • Does Ozzie Guillen ever calm down?  He was freaking out at the umpire from the broadcaster’s booth in a game that has no importance to him at all as a manager. Old habits die hard.
  • Brutal first four innings of balls and strikes calls from umpire Mike Winters.  No consistency whatsoever.
  • I mentioned in the preview that the Giants had difficulty finding hits from their DH spot in interleague games.  That was before Aubrey Huff smacked his two run dinger to put San Francisco ahead.
  • You can’t confine Freddy Sanchez’s defense by labelling him as a 2B. He’s all over the field, and should be listed as an IF whenever he plays.
  • There was a lot of criticism aimed at Tommy Hunter for his lack of “swing and miss stuff” tonight.  He’s a contact pitcher.  That shouldn’t be a surprise.  What is surprising is the number of pitchers he threw.  A lot of that has to do with a strike zone that was more inconsistent than poorly made gravy.
  • I was watching the international feed which in the middle of the fifth inning, President Bush, the younger, swatting his mother’s behind with a rally towel.  Do you think he’s just always doing weird stuff or do cameras just happen to always catch it?
  • Amazing how long infielders take to get the ball to first on Bengie Molina grounders.  I wonder if a third baseman has ever considered working it around the infield.  Molina hits into a 5-4-3 single out.
  • It seemed as though Darren Oliver spent far too much time worrying about Renteria on first base, and then the Giants shortstop took off on the hit and run and Andres The Giant knocked it into the gap.
  • Buster Posey’s homerun to center field seemed to float over the wall like an invisible Christopher Lloyd was holding it in the air.
  • Madison Bumgarner’s performance tonight didn’t really seem especially dominant to me while it was happening, but then you look at his numbers after the eighth inning and realize he’s only allowed five baserunners while strking out six.

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