There's nothing the Rangers love more than being able to hand an early lead to Cliff Lee. And that's exactly what they were able to do in the first, after Vladimir Guerrero drove a run home in the top half. That meant it was 1-0 Texas before Lee took the field.
And when he did, he got off to a good start. Though it took six pitches, he was able to freeze leadoff hitter Andres Torres with a 2-2 fastball in the down-away corner.
Up next was Freddy Sanchez. And Sanchez came out swinging, going after a first-pitch fastball down off the plate. He made contact, and though the contact snapped his bat into pieces, the ball sailed just past Mitch Moreland at first base and bounced on the foul line. Sanchez would pull into second with a broken-bat double.
Rather than cash in and tie the game up, though, the Giants would see it all end there. Buster Posey subsequently lifted a pop-up into right field that saw Vladimir Guerrero and Ian Kinsler converge on the ball. Sanchez broke from second, maybe figuring that the ball would drop in front of Guerrero, but it was Kinsler who made the catch, and he was able to wheel around and throw to second for the inning-ending double play.
Off we go to the second.