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San Francisco Giants 9 - 0 Texas_Rangers

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The Giants are on the march, after blanking Texas 9-0 in Game 2 of the World Series to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Full report here:
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Stat time - The last 11 teams to take a 2-0 lead in the World Series have gone on to win it. Not since the Yankees in 1981 has a 2-0 lead been squandered.

And if I were Rangers manager Ron Washington, I'd be rather worried about the way my bullpen fell apart in the eighth inning, giving up seven runs - several of which were "walked in".

But will it all change with the next three games in Texas, with the Rangers able to use Vladimir Guerrero as their DH and not to have to risk him in the field? How much difference does playing in front of your own fans actually make?

One of my colleagues here on the BBC website is thrilled with the Giants' success after watching them play live earlier this year, is it too soon for him to be putting the champagne on ice?

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posted Oct 29, 2010

Rob Schneider's a Giants fan? He's hardly Jack Nicholson, is that seriously the best you could do? Like your colleague, I had a soft spot for the Giants after watching them earlier when stuck there cause of the Ash cloud. But that bombshell has got my thinking of switching sides winkeye

Saw it all yesterday. Some fine pitching (Cain, Wilson mostly, others deserve the L), woeful pitching (Rangers bullpen, esp Holland), some decent hitting and good base running.

Think it might be 4 zip, momentum is crucial.

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posted Oct 29, 2010

Wow! What a bottom of the 8th: 7 runs, 4 consecutive walks (!), and a 2 rbi triple, in 55 pitches to embarrass the Texas bullpen.

And another zero ER post season shift from Cain

The Giants are now the 52nd team to lead the World Series 2-0.

Of the previous 51 teams, 40 of them won the World Series.

Of the last 14 teams, 13 won the World Series.

And all of the past 7 teams, went on to win the World Series.

Oh my!

Go Giants! Believe!

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posted Oct 29, 2010

"What a bottom of the 8th: 7 runs, 4 consecutive walks (!), and a 2 rbi triple, in 55 pitches to embarrass the Texas bullpen."

All this with 2 already out. As they said last night, some of the poorest post season pitching since Rick Ankiel in the 2000 NLDS.

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posted Oct 29, 2010

StandfreeFM,

The photo agencies we use had a couple of pictures of celebrity Giants fans in the crowd, and we thought Rob Schneider was more of a household name to a mainly UK audience than the mayor of San Francisco (whose name I've already forgotten!).

Think yourselves lucky. The only celebrity we ever get watching the Astros regularly is former president George Bush Senior (and his wife), although actor Matthew McConaughey is apparently a Houston fan too.

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posted Oct 29, 2010

Sorry, MM , I meant is that the best SF could muster. I actually can't stand celebrity fans., you won't see Ben Affleck at Fenway for an afternoon game against the Royals.

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posted Oct 29, 2010

Is there something the Rangers don't understand about this game Lol!!

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posted Oct 29, 2010

Joe Montana has been at both games I believe. A worthy celebrity.

GO GIANTS

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comment by bligey (U3855818)

posted Oct 29, 2010

It was actually embarrassing and I was hoping something would happen to put the Rangers out of their misery. Ron Washington was stony faced.

One highlight was to see Tony Bennett, at 84 no less, still belting out "I left my heart in San Francisco" and "God Bless America" in front of a packed house

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