C.J. Wilson followed up Cliff Lee’s shaky performance with a respectable outing, but his teammates could not break Matt Cain’s scoreless postseason thus far. Another proven World Series veteran came through on the offensive side for the Giants, with Edgar Renteria’s solo home run in the 5th inning proving to be the only run San Fransisco would need.
Unlike Game 1, the match up of Cain vs Wilson was more of the pitching duel many expected to see to start the World Series. Unfortunately for Wilson and the Rangers, he had to leave after six plus quality innings due to a blister, and to add insult to injury, the Rangers bullpen decided to provide a repeat performance of Game 1 of the ALCS, self imploding to give up 7 runs in the 8th inning, two of which Renteria claimed for RBI’s to add to his World Series resume.
With the starting rotations having led the way for both the Giants and Rangers into the World Series, hopefully GM Jim Hendry is realizing that adding a top of the rotation starter is more important than the lefty power bat we have heard rumored so far in the local news. We are not sure which Carlos Zambrano we will see in 2011, and for a full season for that matter, and having traded away Ted Lilly to the Dodgers before the deadline this past season, the Cubs rotation is very thin compared to the deep rotations that helped lead the North Siders to back to back playoff appearances in 2007 and 2008.
The Giants enter tonight’s Game 3 with the 2-0 series advantage, but we’ll see if the Rangers can bounce back in front of the home crowd. Remember, the World Series format features the next three games in Texas before the Series shifts back to San Fransisco (if necessary), and if the Rangers can hold down the fort at home, they could turn the tables very quickly on the Giants.