Not a lot to write about tonight.
Colby Lewis had a fine start — 7.2 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO — that kept the Giants off balance for most of the night. The scoring for the Giants came on a Cody Ross solo shot — who else, right? — and an Andres Torres solo HR in the 8th. Jonathan Sanchez had another lackluster postseason start — 4.2 IP, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO — that ended before the 5th inning. The bullpen grouping of Mota, Affeldt, and Ramirez chipped in a solid effort — 3 IP, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO — but #9 hitter Wes Moreland’s 3-run HR off of Sanchez in the 2nd inning proved to be enough offense for the Rangers to take the game.
In his first start in the World Series, Pablo Sandoval continued to disappoint and frustrate the Giants. The rotund slugger went 0-3 while hitting into a double play. I don’t mind Sandoval starting at DH against a RHP, but at this point, I think you might need to consider upgrading the defense in LF and shuffling Burrell to DH. Speaking Burrell, he’s on a pretty brutal K-streak right now, striking out 4 times in each at-bat in tonight’s game. Strikeouts are a part of Burrell’s game — along with walks and hitting for power — but he just didn’t have it tonight.
Colby Lewis fed the Giants a steady stream of sliders and for the most part he was effective. The Giants had some good swings against Lewis in the 8th –Torres hit a HR, Sanchez squared a ball up nicely for a flyout to LF — but the inning ended when Darren O’Day got Buster Posey to roll over on a curveball to short. Neftali Feliz made his first appearance of the series in the 9th and blew away the Giants with upper-90′s heat. Feliz struck out Burrell, got Ross to fly out deep to RF, and then struck out Uribe to close the game out.
Bumgarner gets the start tomorrow against Tommy Hunter. The Giants need to win at least 1 of the next 2 games to head back to San Francisco with the series at 3-2.