World Series Game 1, Rangers Vs. Giants: Travis Ishikawa Drives In First Of Three Insurance Runs

This became an 8-4 game in the top of the sixth, and it remained that way into the bottom of the eighth after some good work on both sides by relievers Alexi Ogando, Santiago Casilla, Sergio Romo, and Javier Lopez. It was Romo and Lopez who combined to keep the Rangers quiet in the top of the eighth, putting them three outs away from a loss.

And in the bottom half, the Giants have added some insurance by taking advantage of Mark Lowe and Vladimir Guerrero's defense in right field. Edgar Renteria lined a single to right, and Guerrero couldn't handle the bounce, allowing the ball to get behind him and Renteria to advance to third with nobody out.

Renteria then scored on a double to left off the bat of Travis Ishikawa, turning this into a five-run game.

And the Giants weren't done. Two batters later, Freddy Sanchez drilled a grounder down the first base line, getting all the way into right field. Guerrero again fumbled with the ball, and Ishikawa scored while Sanchez moved up to second. That put the Giants up 10-4. And after Ron Washington replaced Mark Lowe with Michael Kirkman, Nate Schierholtz ripped a single into center that scored Sanchez and made it 11-4.

We're off to the ninth, and all the Giants need to do is keep the Rangers from putting up a seven-spot. I think they can manage.

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