From doubles to errors, Game 1 had it all
Giants, Rangers tie for second all-time with 18 combined runs
When Cliff Lee faces Tim Lincecum in Game 1 of the World Series and the final score is 11-7, you know something strange is going on.
That's what happened in the first Fall Classic showdown of 2010 in the chill of San Francisco's AT&T Park, and not surprisingly, the wild outburst of runs, extra-base hits and errors -- as well as the procession of pitchers -- added up to a number of historic occurrences.
The 18 total runs were tied for the second most in a World Series Game 1 in history with the Yankees and Cubs in 1932 (the Yanks won, 12-6). The record of 20 was accomplished by the Red Sox (11) and Cardinals (nine) in the first of Boston's four consecutive Fall Classic victories to annex the franchise's long-sought-after title in 2004.
Speaking of the Red Sox, former Boston infielder Freddy Sanchez was at the center of quite a bit of history on Wednesday night. The Giants second baseman went 4-for-5 with three doubles and a single, and by doubling in his first three at-bats, he became the first player in history to accomplish baseball's version of the triple-double.
"I didn't know that until someone told me," Sanchez said. "I think it's crazy to have my name up there with all of the guys that have played in the World Series. ... For no one to have done that yet, I think it's something special -- for just a little guy like me to go out there and be able to do it. Getting the win was the most important thing, but that's something special and something I can enjoy along with the win."
Highest-scoring games of the 2010 postseason
|14||SF 10, TEX 4||WS||1|
|13||TEX 10, NYY 3||ALCS||4|
|11||SF 6, PHI 5||NLCS||4|
|11||NYY 6, TEX 5||ALCS||1|
|11||PHI 7, CIN 4||NLDS||2|
|10||NYY 6, MIN 4||ALDS||1|
Meanwhile, the total of three doubles matched a Series single-game high, last accomplished by Jacoby Ellsbury of the Red Sox in Game 3 of Boston's four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies in the 2007 World Series.
And that fateful 10-5 Red Sox win three Series ago accounted for another rare happening that took place once again in Wednesday's lid-lifter. Twelve pitchers were used in that nine-inning affair, setting a regulation-game high that wasn't matched until Wednesday, when the Giants used seven pitchers and the Rangers used five.
The Giants and Rangers could have used a few do-overs in the field in Game 1, and the result was one of the most error-filled games in World Series history. The four miscues by the Rangers in Game 1 were the most by a World Series team since the Red Sox also committed four errors apiece in Games 1 and 2 of the 2004 Series, and the six errors combined by the two teams were the most in a Fall Classic game since Game 3 of the 1997 World Series between Cleveland and Florida, when each club made three errors. The record is seven errors in a game, set in Game 1 of the 1933 World Series between the Tigers and Cardinals.
But it wasn't all bad for the Rangers.
Even though Lee allowed seven earned runs -- the most he has permitted in his nine career postseason starts -- and lost a playoff game for the first time in his career, he also hit a double. It was the fourth extra-base hit by an American League pitcher in the last 36 World Series and the first two-base hit by a pitcher in a World Series since Cleveland's Chad Ogea turned the trick in Game 6 of the 1997 Series.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.