World Series Game Two Recap: Giants Have Giant Offense, Crush Rangers

Edgar Renteria of the Giants hits a two-run single in the eighth inning while taking on the Texas Rangers in Game Two of the 2010 MLB World Series at AT&T Park on October 28 2010 in San Francisco California. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Go figure, again.

The Giants scored 20 runs in consecutive games during two separate three-game stretches during the regular season: July 6-7-8, when they beat the Brewers 6-1, 15-2 and 9-3, and again from Aug. 23-25, when they scored 10+ runs in three straight games but won only two of them. They beat the Reds 11-2 and 16-5 and then lost the third game of that stretch 12-11. (The day after that, they got shut out by the Diamondbacks.)

They scored only 12 more runs than the Cubs did in 2010. They didn't score 20 runs in the entire NLCS in six games -- only 19 -- and they won that series.

Nevertheless, with a game reminiscent of Game One, where one big inning put the Rangers away, the Giants turned a tight 2-0 game into a blowout with a seven-run eighth inning in which the Rangers did just about everything wrong, from managerial blunders to pitchers not being able to throw strikes, and then when they did throw strikes, Giants hitters blasted them all over the Bay Area. Some of those getting big hits were among the unlikeliest heroes: Edgar Renteria and Aaron Rowand.

So the Giants lead 2-0. You've surely heard by now that of the 50 previous teams that went up 2-0 in the World Series, only 11 of them have lost the Series. Those teams are:

1996 Atlanta Braves
1986 Boston Red Sox
1985 St. Louis Cardinals
1981 New York Yankees
1978 Los Angeles Dodgers
1971 Baltimore Orioles
1965 Minnesota Twins
1958 Milwaukee Braves
1956 Brooklyn Dodgers
1955 New York Yankees
1921 New York Yankees

So, going strictly by past performances, the Rangers have a 22% chance of coming back to win. Realistically, it will not be easy, even with the next three games scheduled for Rangers Stadium.

Enjoy the off day.

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