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Thursday, October 23, 2014

World Series: Put Game 2 in a Bottle, and Throw That Bottle in the Ocean

Posted By on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 8:10 AM

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If your sympathies lie with the Orange and Black, Game 2 of the World Series was one without much in the way of redeeming features. The Giants succumbed to Kansas City's dominant bullpen; suffered an agonizing bullpen meltdown of their own; sparked an embarrassing shouting match harking to professional wrestling; and capped off the night with Tim Lincecum injuring himself mid-pitch and limping off the field. 

It's one thing to lose, but another to lose ugly. And, make no mistake, this was ugly. 

A 2-2 contest descended into chaos in the sixth when a bevy of Giants relievers were immolated in a five-run Royals barrage. The defining moment — and one providing fodder for every sportstalk yapper in the realm — was Hunter Strickland serving up yet another moonshot. This time, however, he saw fit to initiate a confrontation with Salvador Perez, who'd cracked a double off him and subsequently scored on Omar Infante's home run. It sure looks like Strickland tells Perez to "get in the dugout, boy!

That was the fifth time the flame throwing Strickland has been touched for a home run in this postseason alone. We're witnessing a bit of Byung-Hyun Kim by way of John Rocker (with hints of a Chinatown tour guide) here. 

And that's ugly

Even the faint silver lining of Lincecum thriving in a mop-up performance was tainted when he skittered off the mound and was escorted back into the clubhouse where, one day prior, he'd been vomiting up a potential bad sandwich during World Series introductions. 

Lincecum, one of those athletes who still essentially looks exactly like he did during his prime, fooling fans into thinking he's still physically the same man, says he has a stiff back. It remains to be seen how that shakes out. Also unclear is whether Strickland will be handed the ball once more in this postseason. 

San Francisco couldn't tally a run after the fourth inning in the 7-2 loss. 

If there's an upside for San Francisco, it's that you can only lose one game at a time. The team heads home today for Game 3 on Friday at AT&T Park. The Giants could still win this one at home. Or lose it at home. It's a wide-open Series, and, as the diametrically opposite results of Games 1 and 2 indicate, it's a fool's errand to predict what comes next. 

No, that's not true. We know it'll be nerve-wracking. That's gonna happen. That we can predict. 

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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