San Francisco —
All season, the San Francisco Giants counted on power arms to overcome a lack of pop at the plate.
A whole different team showed up in the World Series opener.
Freddy Sanchez hit three doubles, Juan Uribe launched a game-breaking, three-run homer and the Giants more than made up for Tim Lincecum's troubles, battering the Texas Rangers 11-7 in Game 1 Wednesday night.
Even more surprising, the Giants whacked Cliff Lee.
"You never think you're going to have success against a pitcher like that," Sanchez said. "He's one of the best pitchers in the game, been unhittable in the postseason."
So much for the unbeatable Mr. Lee.
"I think it's just baseball. That's the only thing you can say," Sanchez said. "This is a crazy game."
The Giants were by far the lowest-scoring team of the eight clubs that made the playoffs this year. They were hitting only .231 in the postseason going into this matchup, totaling 30 runs in 10 games.
"Certainly a huge game for us, and we needed the runs," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We're not a team that tries to slug it with other teams, but today they threw out some great at-bats."
What shaped up as a pitchers' duel between Lincecum and Lee quickly deteriorated into a mismatch. The Giants scored six times in the fifth — their biggest inning in the postseason since 1937 — and turned a 2-all game into a blowout.
By the end, it was more lopsided than the scoreboard showed. The Rangers played like the World Series rookies they are: They made four errors for the first time 2008, Ian Kinsler took a mistaken turn around first base and was thrown out, and manager Ron Washington may have waited too late to pull his ace.