SAN FRANCISCO -- The hatches are batoned down here as the wind is howling before Game Two of the World Series. The skies are ominous looking, especially out in center field, and we're hoping the rain holds off. We're hoping the Internet holds up too, unlike last night.
Here are the lineups:
Texas: Andrus, ss; Young, 3b; Hamilton, cf; Cruz, rf; Kinsler, 2b; Murphy, lf; Treanor, c; Moreland, 1b; Wilson, p
San Francisco: Torres, cf; Sanchez, 2b; Posey, c; Burrell, lf; Ross, rf; Huff, 1b; Uribe, 3b; Renteria, ss; Cain, p
You'll note no Vlad Guerrero and Treanor in for Molina as Wilson's personal catcher.
End-1st: The first pitch was a ball from Cain to Andrus at 4:57 PT. The temperature is 65 degrees. Doesn't feel like it. It was a 1-2-3 inning for both starters. Sanchez nearly had a hit but a great play in short RF by Kinsler and a great stretch by Moreland retired Sanchez in his bid for his fifth hit in 10 innings. Saw that FOX graphic that said the wind is 12 mph. Where? in Denver? At least 25-30 mph, maybe more. The folks in the concourses on the upper deck are getting blown all over the place. Take my word for it. I was up there about 30 minutes ago. It was survival mode.
End-2nd: Wasn't this supposed to be how Lee vs. Lincecum was going to go? It's zip-zip through two with all six Rangers retired and six of the seven Giants. The exception was Ross, who cranked Wilson's 3-1 pitch down the line in left for a double. He went to third on a Huff grounder but was left when Uribe flied to center. Wilson has thrown 32 pitches through two while Cain has needed only 20.
End-3rd: Still zip-zip. It's taken just 48 minutes to play three scoreless innings, or about 15 minutes longer than the average single inning in a routine Yankees game. Little-known Mitch Moreland got the Rangers' first hit, a one-out single to right in the third and that gives him a team-high three hits so far. But he's Texas' only baserunner off Cain. The Giants' starter got a broken-bat single of his own with one out but was forced at second for the final out. Two hits for the Giants, one for Texas. Wilson 44 pitches, 26 strikes and most important for him, no walks. Cain just 35-23.
End-4th: The zip-zip update. The Rangers have no chance so far against Cain. His third 1-2-3 inning, although Hamilton took him halfway through the warning track in left-center. The inning ended with a wicked breaking ball that buckled Cruz's knees and was taken for strike three. Cain has retired 12 of 13 on just 46 pitches. Wilson walked Burrell with one out and got out with no other damage as Murphy hauled in Huff's liner pretty routinely. Bet Vlad doesn't make that play, however. Wilson has thrown 57 pitches. Two hits for the Giants, one for Texas.
Mid-5th: Are the Giants a team of destiny? Starting to wonder after what happened here. Kinsler leads off by pounding an 0-2 pitch to dead center and it's going, going, off the top of the wall and back into play for a double. He couldn't throw the ball on top of the wall like that and have it come back. Murphy then lines one hard -- but right at Renteria at short. Treanor grounds to short and Moreland is intentionally walked. That brings up Wilson and the pitcher bounces to first. The Rangers don't score and we're halfway home.
End-5th: Destiny alert II. With one out, Edgar Renteria blasts an 0-1 Wilson fastball over the wall in left to give the Giants the 1-0 lead it looked like the Rangers would grab courtesy of Kinsler. Renteria hadn't homered since Sept. 4 and didn't even have an extra-base hit since Sept. 16. Lots of weird things happening in these two games. The Rays and Yankees must be sitting home thinking the Rangers used up all their good tidings in the previous two series.
Mid-6th: The Rangers look as tight as they did in losing Games 3 and 4 at home to the Rays. Young singled with one out and didn't go first-to-third -- which is this team's trademark -- when Hamilton got his first hit of the series on a looper to right. Great play by Ross to smother the ball and keep it in front of him but it clearly wasn't going to be caught. Young should have been at third. Cain wild pitched the runners to second and third but Cruz popped up to first and Kinsler flied out to right to keep the Giants in front, 1-0
Young and Hamilton are both 1 for 7 in the series. Cruz is 1 for 8 and Kinsler is 2 for 7. That's not going to get the job done.
End-6th: A 1-2-3 inning for Wilson keeps it 1-0 and a huge roar for Joe Montana's face on the CF scoreboard.
7th-inning stretch: Another 1-2-3 for Cain, who has a four-hit shutout and has not allowed an earned run in 20 2/3 innings in this postseason. Not to impugn on the military, but this version of God Bless America by this female solider is horrific. Absolutely horrific. You're not on American Idol. And you're not close to Tony Bennett. And you got a couple of the words wrong. Get off the field. Terrible.
Mid-8th: Cain is out after a one-out walk to Andrus and a fly ball to Young. Lopez gets Hamilton on a fly ball for the final out of the inning to extend Cain's postseason scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings this year. The Giants record of 22 is by Carl Hubbell in 1933-1936. Still 2-0. Three outs to go for a 2-0 lead.
On to the 9th: It's over for Texas tonight. A seven-run eighth makes it 9-0 as eight straight Giants reach after two out. Why didn't Ron Washington go to closer Neftali Feliz to keep it close for the ninth? Went to the Joe Girardi school of managing.
Huff draws a bases-loaded walk from Derek Holland and Uribe gets one from Mark Lowe. The lefty Holland walked all three men he faced, throwing his first 11 pitches out of the strike zone as the crowd roared. Renteria followed with a two-run single, pinch-hitter Aaron Rowand lashed a two-run triple to right-center and Andres Torres followed with an RBI double. Washington has looked foolish in this series.
It's over: A 9-0 rout for the Giants. On to Texas.