Half a biscuit for breakfast, as Harry Caray used to say, and
would have achieved World Series immortality. Ian Kinsler (notes)
Alas: Cruel, cruel fence.
Kinsler seemed certain he had given the
Texas Rangers a 1-0 lead by hitting a home run to start the fifth inning of Game 2.
The center-field fence at AT&T Park had other ideas, snatching the ball — with
San Francisco Giants outfielder looking on — to keep it in play for Andres Torres (notes) a frustrating double.
The Rangers stranded Kinsler at second base and Giants right-hander
didn't let Texas off the mat. San Francisco broke open a close game in the eighth inning and Matt Cain (notes) beat the Rangers 9-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the Series.
just missed the media — he actually dodged them completely — but Giants closer had something to say about Kinsler's moment of near-greatness. Brian Wilson (notes)
"I was thinking that wall was designed perfectly for tonight,"
Everything, seemingly, has been designed perfectly for the Giants so far. They are two victories from their first World Series championship since they moved to San Francisco in 1958.
Photos: See more of Kinsler in action]
Every one of
the previous 11 home teams who took a 2-0 lead in the Series went on to win it. Overall, 40 of the 51 teams that took a 2-0 lead won the Series. put the Giants on the board in their half of the fifth with a no-doubt solo homer to left. No fence could interfere. Edgar Renteria (notes) added an RBI single in the seventh and the Giants piled on with seven runs after two outs in the eighth. Juan Uribe (notes)
Cain still hasn't allowed an earned run in 21 1/3 postseason innings.
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