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Added October 28th, 2010 by Chalk

Giants Dominate Lee, Rangers to Take Game 1
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Cliff Lee’s ninth career postseason start was nothing like his first eight. The Texas Rangers ace came into World Series Game 1 with a pristine 7-0 playoff mark, but the Giants did an even worse number on him than they did on Roy Halladay in Game 1 of the NLCS. Although the Rangers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, Lee gave up two runs in the third and then was pulled with two outs in the fifth, trailing 5-2.

Juan Uribe, who had the game-winning RBI in Games 4 and 6 of the NLCS, capped a six-run Giant fifth with a three-run home run off reliever Darren O’Day. The Rangers never got closer than four runs the rest of the night, as the Giants held on for an 11-7 Game 1 win, and a 1-0 series lead.

While most analysts gave the Texas Rangers a decisive advantage in terms of offense, the Giants had occasionally burst out with big offensive days during the regular season. But in the NLCS, the Giants were actually outscored 20-19 by the Phillies over six games in the NLCS, while the Rangers outscored the Yankees 38-18 in six ALCS games. The main catalyst for the Giants was second baseman and #2 hitter Freddy Sanchez who went 4-for-5, including three doubles off Lee, with three RBI. First baseman Aubrey Huff, who had dropped to sixth in the lineup because his bat was mostly quiet through the first two rounds after being one of the team’s best offensive weapons during the season, was the only other Giant with multiple hits, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. But seven other Giants had hits in the game.

The Giants might have had a slight defensive edge going into the Series, and it certainly looked that way on Wednesday night as the Rangers made four errors to the Giants two. Rangers third baseman Michael Young’s throwing error allowed Edgar Renteria to reach in the third inning, and Renteria later scored the Giants first run. Vladimir Guerrero, normally the Rangers DH but playing in right field in an NL park, made two errors in the eighth after the game was out of hand, helping the Giants extend their lead to seven.  Lee’s final line included six earned runs and one unearned, giving him a 2010 World Series ERA of 11.57.

This postseason the Giants are now 3-0 in Game 1’s, but lost Game 2 in both the NLDS and NLCS. The Rangers won Game 1 of their first round series, then blew a 5-0 lead to lose Game 1 at home in the ALCS. In the 100+ year history of the World Series, the winner of Game 1 has gone on to win the Series 61% of the time.

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