Matt Cain pitched seven shutout innings as Edgar Renteria notched two hits and three RBI’s to lead their San Francisco Giants past the Texas Rangers in Game 2 of the World Series yesterday at AT&T Park. Renteria scored first with a solo shot to left in the fifth inning. The score was 2-0 heading into the 7th when the Giants batted around for an additional seven runs. “We’ve put ourselves in a good situation,” said Cain. “We’ve just got to take that confidence and some of the good approaches that we’ve had into these last two games and take them down to Texas with us.”
Rangers Ballpark is scheduled to host the next three games starting Saturday at 7:00 PM. The Rangers look forward to their turn at home advantage and remain optimistic despite their recent struggles. “We certainly don’t feel like we’re defeated. We’re heading home,” said manager Ron Washington. “They took care of us in their ballpark; now we’re headed to ours.” Texas will send Tommy Hunter to the mound for Game 3 to go against Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner. Purchase your World Series tickets here at AceTicket.com!
Freddy Sanchez came up with four hits and three RBI’s to lead his San Francisco Giants past the Texas Rangers 11-7 in Game 1 of the World Series last night at AT&T Park. The eight-year veteran infielder contributed in each of the three innings that San Francisco put up runs. The Giants lineup forced the once dominant Cliff Lee to make an early exit in the fifth inning after allowing seven runs on eight hits. “You never think you’re going to have success against a pitcher like that,” said Sanchez. “He’s one of the best pitchers in the game, been unhittable in the postseason.”
A game that many predicted to be a pitchers duel quickly turned into an all out slugfest. Tim Lincecum let up four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings pitched. “It wasn’t quite the game we thought it would be,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “Great pitchers, sometimes they’re a little bit off.” Game 2 is set for 8:00 PM tonight with Matt Cain and C.J. Wilson as the projected starters. Games 3, 4 and 5 will shift to Ranger Ballpark in Arlington before moving back to San Francisco for the remaining two games if necessary. Purchase your World Series tickets right here with us at Ace!
Ace pitchers Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum will square off in Game 1 of the 2010 World Series between the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, October 27th at AT&T Park. Both players have consistently produced remarkable numbers so far this post-season. Lee is currently 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA after dominating the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the ALCS. He is the first person in MLB history to pitch three 10-plus strikeout wins in a playoff run. Lincecum’s stats are right up there in comparison in light of his 2-1 record with 30 K’s and a 1.93 ERA.
The Rangers and Giants are both entering unfamiliar territory as both San Francisco and Arlington have never experienced a World Series title. The Giants haven’t won since 1954 when the franchise was still in New York. In their longtime history the Texans were continuously denied by the Yankees, finally ending their playoff woes in this year’s ALCS. The organization has taken strides to focus on pitching to further advance, relying on Lee alongside CJ Wilson, Colby Lewis and Tommy Hunter.
“We had to get our pitchers to realize that you could pitch in Arlington and you could be successful,” said team president Nolan Ryan. “And we’ve proven that you can do that. We had been an organization that tried to outslug everybody. Games that we were getting beat 12 to 13, our pitchers didn’t feel like they could be successful there, and we’ve proven that wrong.” The Giants rotation starts with Lincecum and continues through Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez, and Madison Bumgarner.
2010 Fall Classic Schedule:
Game 1: Rangers at Giants, Wednesday, October 27th
Game 2: Rangers at Giants, Thursday, October 28th
Game 3: Giants at Rangers, Saturday, October 30th
Game 4: Giants at Rangers, Sunday, October 31st
Game 5: Giants at Rangers, Monday, November 1st
Game 6: Rangers at Giants, Wednesday, November 3rd
Game 7: Rangers at Giants, Thursday, November 4th
Roy Halladay strained his groin but continued to battle on the mound to lead his Philadelphia Phillies to win 4-2 yesterday at AT&T Park, forcing the National League Championship Series to continue at Citizens Bank Park for Game 6. “It was just something to deal with. You make adjustments and pitch your way through it,” said Halladay. “We know we can win. It’s a matter of going out and doing it. We continue to plug away.” In total he let up two runs through six innings to outduel opposing ace Tim Lincecum, who allowed four hits and three runs over seven innings.
Jayson Werth homered to right in the ninth to push the Phillies up 4-2. He now holds the record for most post-season home runs in franchise history, passing Chase Utley with 11. He is also tied for most playoff homers in the National League, belting an additional two during his time with the Los Angeles Angels.
The Giants are confident with the one-game advantage despite Philadelphia’s ability to regain home-field advantage. “With this club, we don’t do anything easy,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “What they’ve been through, they’ll put this behind us. Believe me, under no illusion did we think this was going to be easy playing a great club.” NLCS and World Series tickets are available now with us at Ace!
Juan Uribe came through with the game winning sacrifice fly to lift his San Francisco Giants past the Philadelphia Phillies 5-6 last night at AT&T Park. The National League Championship Series will feature one more contest before shifting back to Citizens Bank Park if necessary. San Francisco currently holds the 3-1 lead. “It seems like all the baseball talk is all East Coast,” said Aubrey Huff, who solidified the W with the final run. “Everybody watching tonight saw exactly how we’ve played all year.”
Madison Bumgarner and Joe Blanton both struggled on the mound, letting up a collective six runs and 11 hits through four innings apiece. Tonight’s Game 5 will feature ace pitchers Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay. Games 6 and 7 would be scheduled for October 23rd and 24th if the series continues. Lincecum previously outdueled Halladay as part of their 4-3 Game 1 victory in Philadelphia. “Two of the best arms in the game,” said rookie Buster Posey following his four-hit, two RBI performance. “We’re in a good position. But at the same time, we know anything can happen in baseball.” Check for the best NLDS and World Series ticket deals right here at AceTicket.com!
The Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants are set to meet in this year’s National League Championship Series starting Saturday, October 16th at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies are entering familiar territory in light of their ability to reach the NLCS on three consecutive occasions. San Francisco last won the pennant in 2002 and they had not reached post-season play since 2003.
“We were fortunate to have come out on top,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy after their Game 4 win on Monday night. “We know it. We knew we had our hands full with the pitching. We’re fortunate to have outstanding pitching, too, and what a job they did.” Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum is the projected Game 1 starting pitcher for San Francisco. During the regular season he collected a 16-10 record with a 3.43 ERA. His debut NLDS start featured 14 strikeouts and just two hits allowed in a victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Roy Halladay will be set to challenge Lincecum on the hill, which should make for the most appealing pitching duel in the 2010 playoffs. Halladay just recently pitched the first post-season no-hitter in over 50 years against the Cincinnati Reds. The 12-year veteran was 21-10 this season with a 2.44 ERA. NLCS tickets are now available right here at AceTicket.com!
Complete NLDS ScheduleGame 1 Oct. 16 Giants at Phillies 7:30 pm
Game 2 Oct. 17 Giants at Phillies 8:00 pm
Game 3 Oct. 19 Phillies at Giants 4:00 pm
Game 4 Oct. 20 Phillies at Giants 7:30 pm
Game 5 Oct. 21 Phillies at Giants 7:30 pm if necessaryGame 6 Oct. 23 Giants at Phillies 3:30 pm if necessaryGame 7 Oct. 24 Giants at Phillies 7:30 pm if necessary
Ace pitcher Tim Lincecum let up just two hits through nine innings, striking out 14 for the San Francisco Giants to win over the Atlanta Braves 1-0 in Game 1 of the NLDS last night at AT&T Park. “As far as shutouts go, I think that was up there with my better ones,” said Lincecum after completing his outing on seven days’ rest. “I was pretty anxious to get out there a couple days ago. You just have to deal with those extra days.” The two-time Cy Young Award winner joined Roger Clemens (2000 Yankees) as the only pitchers to strike out 14 or more and allow two hits or fewer in a postseason shutout.
The Giants lone run came in the fourth inning when Cody Ross singled in Buster Posey following a controversial call at second base. “I guess it’s a good thing we don’t have instant replay right now,” said Posey. “It was a beautiful slide, wasn’t it?” Veteran right-hander Derek Lowe scattered four hits during his time on the mound before making his exit in the sixth inning. Game 2 is scheduled for tonight at 9:37 PM ET.
The San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves earned their place in post-season play last Sunday during the final regular season MLB contests. The Giants clinched the NL West Division title after a 3-0 victory over the San Diego Padres as the Braves captured the Wild Card following their 8-7 win against the 2009 NL champion Philadelphia Phillies. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum will start on the hill for San Francisco. This season he was 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in two starts against the Braves.
Derek Lowe was just recently announced as the other Game 1 starter in light of his successful September streak. The National League Pitcher of the Month earned his rank after going 5-0 with 29 strikeouts while producing a 1.17 ERA. “All that is stuff you look back at in the offseason and go, that was a good run,” said Lowe. “But clearly you want to pitch like this in the postseason. People will remember that more than what you do in September.”
The Philadelphia Phillies were able to cruise to another NL East Division title, finishing their 2010 regular season campaign at 97-65. They will matchup with the NL Central winning Cincinnati Reds, a team that hasn’t seen the NLDS in fifteen years. Edinson Volquez will start in the opening game for the Reds. The five-year veteran right-hander has been working hard to regain his strength since undergoing Tommy John surgery in August of 2009. “It’s an honor for me,” said Volquez. “For me it’s big, because I was out for one year and came back from Tommy John. This is the first game of the playoffs. It’s big-time.” Ace pitcher Roy Halladay will get the start for the Phillies. Check back for 2010 MLB playoff updates.
Giants vs. Braves NLDS Schedule:
Game 1: Braves @ Giants Thursday, Oct. 7
Game 2: Braves @ Giants Friday, Oct. 8
Game 3: Giants @ Braves Sunday, Oct. 10
Game 4*: Giants @ Braves Monday, Oct. 11
Game 5*: Braves @ Giants Wednesday, Oct. 13
Phillies vs. Reds NLDS Schedule:
Game 1: Reds @ Phillies Wednesday, Oct. 6
Game 2: Reds @ Phillies Friday, Oct. 8
Game 3: Phillies @ Reds Sunday, Oct. 10
Game 4*: Phillies @ Reds Monday, Oct. 11
Game 5*: Reds @ Phillies Wednesday, Oct. 13
The Los Angeles Dodgers are certainly in great shape heading into the remaining weeks of the regular season. With the 2009 playoffs just around the corner, LA has earned the best record in the National League at 88-59. They currently are five games up in the NL West Standings over the Colorado Rockies. So far the Dodgers look like they will square off against whoever notches the NL Wild Card in the first round. The race now favors the Rockies and the San Francisco Giants.
The Dodgers organization owes a lot of their success to GM Ned Colletti. After bringing in Manny Ramirez last year, Colletti hasn’t stopped making moves to make sure his club has the proper line up to contend for a World Series.
“When a team plays hard and puts itself in position to win, they deserve to see that you’re trying to get them more tools to win,” said Colletti. “When a quality person like George Sherrill or Jim Thome walks in the clubhouse, players recognize that ownership and the front office are acknowledging what you’ve done.”
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Philadelphia Phillies veteran pitcher Pedro Martinez had a taste of his MLB glory days last night, throwing seven innings to outpitch San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum. In the Phillies 2-1 victory Pedro struck out nine, but was more impressed with Lincecum’s 11 total K’s. “He reminds me a little bit of me, but he’s twice as good as me at this time of my career,” Martinez said of Lincecum. “It took me seven years to win a Cy Young.”
Lincecum had very high praise for Pedro as well, saying “It’s ridiculous how nasty his stuff still is. When you watch him, it’s obvious he knows what he’s doing out there.” Martinez after the game was reminiscing and said he had a flash back “to the good old times.” He went on to talk about not having the same power he had back in the 90′s, but knows he can still be affective if he hits his spots.
Each of the pitchers surrendered solo home runs in the first two innings to make it 1-1. The Phillies notched the go-ahead run in the 6th with a Ryan Howard double that scored Chase Utley. Philadelphia is now set to take on the Houston Astros starting tonight, while the Giants head to Milwaukee to match up against the Brewers. San Francisco is just one game out of the Wild Card chase.
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