GIANTS 9 - RANGERS 0
I wonder what kind of results you would get if you took that poll again today?
The Giants dominated the Rangers in every facet of the game last night. They shut them out (for only the sixth time this season) and they brought the big bats with them that they used last night.
The story of the game is Matt Cain. After toiling in relative obscurity for the first 5 years of his career, he started to get a little recognition last season with his selection to the All-Star game last season. He didn't get to pitch thanks to a line drive thanks to a line drive off his forearm but it was the first recognition of what a good pitcher he is.
Last night he put himself amongst the immortals.
With his 7.1 innings of shutout baseball, Cain becomes the fourth pitcher to throw 20+ consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. That list of 4 now has two Giants on it and Christy Matthewson is at the top of that list with 27 consecutive innings pitched. Cain probably won't get a chance to catch the All-Time Giants great since his turn doesn't look like it's going to come back around again. no matter what, Cain has shown the world the great pitcher that Giants fans have known they have had for a few years now. The guys over at RaisingMattCain must be going crazy tonight!
The guy that got all the scoring started was Edgar Renteria. His solo homerun in the 5th got the scoring going for the game. He was the latest of a long line of heroes who have stepped up for the Giants this postseason. But Renteria stepping up is possibly one of the most inspiring. Edgar is a guy who had a pretty solid career, from his game winning hit for the Florida Marlins in game 7 of the 1997 World Series to all of his postseason experience with the Cardinals and Red Sox he has produced. Then he came to the Giants and has done nothing but struggle. Both with his health and with his bat. A lot of Giants fans have considered his signing a bust, and up until this world series it has been. But this World Series is making Brian Sabean look like a genius for signing him.
Enjoy the off day today. The series picks up again tomorrow in Texas. Jonathan Sanchez Vs. Colby Lewis. So far this series has been relatively torture-free but this is the 2010 Giants so don't be surprised if a little of that creeps in. The Giants really only have to win one game in Texas. At this point, it doesn't look like the Giants will be coming home except to enjoy the parade down market street.