Skip to comments.Giants beat Rangers for 3-1 World Series lead
Posted on 10/31/2010 8:54:11 PM PDT by Schatze
ARLINGTON, Texas, Oct 31 (Reuters) - The San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers 4-0 on Sunday to move within one victory of their first World Series title in 56 years.
A superb performance by 21-year-old rookie left-hander Madison Bumgarner helped San Francisco claim a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Fall Classic.
Home runs by Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey provided the firepower for the Giants, now one win away from clinching their first Major League Baseball championship since 1954 when they played in New York.
Game Five of the Series will be played on Monday, with San Francisco sending Tim Lincecum to the mound against Cliff Lee of Texas in a rematch of Game One, which the Giants won 11-7.
Bumgarner was awesome!
No torture tonight!!
The Barbara Bush jinx is still alive and well. Any Astros fan can tell you when Barbara Bush is in attendance, the team from Texas always loses. Doesn’t always happen to Poppy or Dubya but, when Babs is in the house, it’s a guaranteed L.
The Ranger bats were asleep.
What an awful sports day in Arlington. Couldn’t get much worse. The Giants have been an incredible team this post-season. Down the stretch in August and September, I thought their pitching would be formidable in the post-season, but this has been a performance for the ages.
WOO HOO GIANTS!
And it was our own Cody Ross who shook the elder President Bush’s hand when he and Bush 43 were arriving to the mound in the golf cart! :)
Frankly I think it's great how the Cowboys are tanking....I'm enjoying every minute of it......it's the only thing that is going to wake Jerry Jones up, and realize that when it comes to running a football team,,,he ain't all that.
I'm so loving my Giants right now and I'm excited for the Mad Bomber and his great pitching performance tonight.
As a Skins fan living in Texas (I like to live dangerously) I have to co-sign that statement.
Ranger bats have been asleep for most of this series. I would have preferred a different ending to their season but somethings are not meant to be, I suppose. See you in the spring, Rangers.
The Rangers lit up the Yankees and now they fold meekly to the Giants? Uggggghhhhhhh!
?Yes, I am GIS/GPS familiar....
.... Good news.... It is an American sport....B-A-S-E-B-A-L-L.
I can finally be proud of my city. /s
I was pulling for the Rangers, but looks like it ain’t going to happen. I did enjoy GW throwing the fastball to Nolan Ryan.
The bats have been cold in game 2 and 4.
Not over yet.
They need three straight, just takes one game at a time Rangers. It’s a mental game now.
You won three straight against the Yankees to get to the series, you can get three from these bums.
See ya for game 7 in Pelosiville.
From a Tigers fan supporting the Rangers.
Actually this Favored Rangers team, is giving me flashbacks of the 06 series when the Favored Tigers failed to show up.
Just goes to show..... real boys against the Barry Bonds’ steroids..... I like PacBell players...
Where are those FR’ers who were talking smack a few days ago (e.g. Rangers in 5)? Giants pitching has been great, but let’s face it, great hitting too. Fear the Beard! Go Giants!
This has nothing to do with politics, or Nancy Pelosi, or SF as a cesspool of depravity--its just baseball folks and it is good to finally see my long time team up three to one in the World Series.
Remember, both these teams had to play their hearts out to get where they are today. Only one team can win and so far, the Giants have had some fantastic pitching and fielding. Heck the Rangers couldn't even get past third base tonight. The Kid, only 21 years old, throwing the ball like that for eight innings. Impressive indeed.
I doubt we’ll see Jerry wise up at all. if the years between Jimmy Johnson and Parcells didn’t wake him up, I can’t imagine this will. Until Jones is ages enough to physically step back, he’s going to stay too involved.
I apologize to the Giants fans for calling their boys bums in my post above.
They are gamers.
Huff is the only bum as he was worthless as a Tiger last year and a key letdown in Detroit not making the 09 post season.
You know what I would love to see, the next Cowboys home game, the fans stage a mass walkout in the second quarter. That would send a message to Jerry.
You said it. I'm always happy when the Bronx Bombers bite the big one.
Good point about Huff with the Tigers.
I guess now my allegiance is between whoever plays better, the Tigers or the Rangers. I probably still have to have my first allegiance to the club of my youth, in the Tigers. But it’s been fun being here during the Rangers’ run.
I was disappointed a few years ago, when the Tigers, like the Rangers, beat the Yankees, only to lose in the WS to the Cards. Of course it’s a lot different when you are the only person around your neighborhood who cares about the WS, as it was that year, and this year, when everybody here is into it.
Props to Bumgarner. He reminds me of a sprinkler head when he throws, but man could he bring it.
It aint over till the fat lady sings.
But since she will be in SF she will most likely light up a doob instead.
Hope the Giants win it in Texas tomorrow - SF hooligans don’t deserve a home win.
Brother tell me about it!
My earliest baseball memory is a soft liner off the bat of Willie McCovey with two runners in scoring position in 1962. Just like that the series was over and the Yankees had won.
Then there was 1989. The earth moved and the A's swept.
2002, it just felt like it wasn't going to happen after they went to Anaheim. I still remember those lousy plastic noise makers, American vuvuzelas.
It's 3-1. We have to win one. They have to win 3. Just one more. I don't care where it happens, I don't care who the hero is, as long as it happens.
*You know what I would love to see, the next Cowboys home game, the fans stage a mass walkout in the second quarter. That would send a message to Jerry.*
Yeah, that would send a real message all right—”Hey Jerry, we gave you all of our money and now we’re leaving...this will allow you to send all the concessionaires home early without pay—neener neener!”
Sorry to see another loss here for the Texans. Looks like they have a very slim chance of pulling this out. The Giants do look awfully good - have to give them credit.
I hate Pelosi too but don’t take it out on the poor Giants or their fans... Most of us do not live in the city (In fact I live in Texas now) and I don’t think the people voting for her are baseball fans. I’m 52 years old and I’m still waiting to see my beloved Giants win their first series in my lifetime. Also this team is not a bunch of bums... they are a bunch of team players... They belong here, they beat Philly and they are beating the Rangers because they are earning it. What could be more American than earning what you get?
I wish my Granddad, a loyal Giants fan from the time they came to SF in 1958, were alive to see this. Take `em down, Giants!!!!
The fact the Rangers need 3 and two of those are vs Cain and Lincecum.... Lookin` pretty good now!!! Go G-Men!
I still remember the heartbreak of watching Willie Mays take on Sandy Koufax. That curve ball had his number. Despite those many disappointments, I loved that "Say hey kid." He was the complete player, what baseball was all about, and all heart, every game. All those years finishing in second place, to LA, to St. Louis... it didn't matter; it was always second. Winning it all would be good.
I wonder if anyone knows this?
Funny how opposing teams bats went to sleep this year whenever they faced Giant pitching....
" O-o-o-o, I love playing ping-pong."
Obama pitches like my 6 year old grandson.
Even looking at this makes me miserable anymore.
My 87 year old grandmother threw better than that.
This is because great pitching trumps great hitting almost every time.
Gee, thanks for pouring salt in an open wound. Since it doesn’t hurt quite enough, do you think you could pour some lemon juice in there while you’re at it? Thanks.
All bitterness aside, the very fact the Rangers even made it to the playoffs has me and every other Rangers fan over the moon. It just stinks they can’t win it all this year. Here’s hoping this is just the first of MANY Worls Series appearances in the years to come.
It will be interesting to see how the Rangers fare in the off-season now that it’s the first one with Ryan in firm control.
Will they sign Cliff? I think they really need to focus on improving the offense, get a better catcher and First baseman, and get at least another big bat in here, because I don’t see Guerrero having another year like this one, and also because if Josh gets hurt for an extended period, the offense will really suffer.
But the good news is that Free Agents now are going to have Texas high on their list of their preferred teams, which will be a huge change.
Yes, to Cliff Lee! Oh, and did you hear what those horrible Yankees fans did to Cliff Lee’s wife when she was at Yankee Stadium? Apparently(according to the story I heard on locally), the fans were exceedingly obnoxious to her to the point of spitting at her and attempting to spill their adult beverages on her. If the Yankees think the missus is going to want to pack up and move to NY after that, they really are delusional.
I hope the Rangers can attract good talent along with developing their own. The new owners will not let this team languish in purgatory like prior owners have. I would have loved to see the Rangers win it all this year as a cosmic apology to all the players and fans that stuck by this team through good times and bad(mostly bad). It would have been a final knife between the ribs of Tom Hicks to see the team he had to sell, win it all AFTER he no longer owned them.
Oh, well...there are always Election Night returns! That’s the one I am anxious and excited to see.
Loved the Giants and A’s my whole life too, but boy it was great to see father and son take the mound and pitch to Nolan Ryan.
I can’t tell you how much I admire the state of Texas. It’s nice to see the Giants winning, but I wish it were against the Yankees. Texas is too great a place for them to lose their first series.
I’m also a Yankees fan, having been in the military in NYC in the early 90’s, and having been the beneficiary of Steinbrenner’s policy of letting anybody with a green military ID card in through the press gate for $1. God bless George for that. Didn’t have much money, but a bag lunch, a couple of subway tokens, and $1 got you into the house that Joe Dimaggio built.
I live in Seattle now. How’d you like to root for them?
Well, if it makes you feel a little bit better, if the Giants were not in this I would be pulling for the Rangers. Nolan Ryan is my all time favorite pitcher, second only to my cousin, who pitched for the Giants.
I have followed the Giants for many years, including the World Series in 1989 and the Loma Prieta Earthquake. Lots of memories...
But Texas has a lot to be proud of. I was pulling for them agains the Yankees!!