11/02/10 2:30 AM ET
Giants leave Series with respect for Rangers
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
If for no other reason, the Giants deserve it because of this: They beat one of the best pitchers in baseball twice.Starting Game 1 of the World Series, Rangers ace Cliff Lee was unusually off while giving up seven runs (six earned) in 4 2/3 innings. But, as many expected, he was on his game in his second start on Monday. His only mistake was a two-out three-run homer surrendered to Edgar Renteria in the seventh inning. Unfortunately for the Rangers, that wound up being the difference. "He was so lights-out tonight," Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff said. "He was painting everything. Night and day from what he was in our place, and he had his game. We got lucky enough to square one up. I knew it was going to take somebody running into a ball tonight, and that's the way it was." Whether the Rangers will be able to re-sign Lee as a free agent is a big question heading into the offseason. Regardless, they have players like Colby Lewis, Tommy Hunter, C.J. Wilson, Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Josh Hamilton and many more they can continue to build around. "They're going to be around for a while," Sanchez said. But in this Series, there was no question who the better team was. "Obviously, their offense speaks for itself, but our pitching is tough," Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz said. "I think [Madison] Bumgarner kind of set the tone last night. That was momentum for us after losing the game before. He really set the tone, then Timmy [Lincecum] came in. He was dirty tonight. He had everything -- his slider -- and it's tough to beat good pitching, no matter how good your offense is. I think this postseason proved that."
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Gonzo and 'The Show'. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.