World Series by the numbers: Games 1-2
History on Giants' side as Rangers face 0-2 Series deficit
Baseball purists delight in low-scoring, tightly pitched games that highlight the subtle nuances of the sport.The first two games of this World Series weren't for those people. They were for fans of wild action (and occasionally wild pitches), of hitting and running for extra bases and of runs flooding across the plate in near-record numbers. Had it up to here with the so-called "Year of the Pitcher?" This is your reprieve:
The Giants notched seven runs in the eighth inning on Thursday, marking their highest-scoring inning in World Series play since Game 3 in 1921. The Giants, located in New York back then, scored eight runs in the seventh inning of that game.
Texas notched just four hits, the team's lowest total in a playoff game since Game 1 of the 1999 American League Divisional Series. Both Nelson Cruz and Elvis Andrus ended their 12-game postseason hitting streaks on Thursday night, a bit of coordination that will leave them tied for the third-longest streak to start a postseason career.
And on the pitching front, the Giants have demonstrated that they are in complete control. San Francisco's pitchers have struck out 109 batters and walked just 34 through their first 12 games of the postseason. The Giants have three shutouts in that 12-game span, including blankings of the Braves in Game 1 of the NLDS and the Phillies in Game 3 of the NLCS.