On Assignment- The 2010 World Series-Rangers at Giants Game 1 Recap

Yesterday, I photographed Game 1 of the 2010 World Series while on assignment for Major League Baseball Photos. My schedule is extremely crazy yet always exciting.  I plan on sharing my visual recap from this years Fall Classic starting with last nights Game 1, a game that most certainly didn’t live up to the hype as one of the greatest World Series pitching match-ups in years.

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum regains his composure after a botched rundown play in the first inning, allowing Michael Young to return safely to third base in the first inning. Photo © Ron Vesely/MLB Photos

In fact, it started out with some strange twists and turns, such as Tim Lincecum’s run down “brain freeze” in the first inning, allowing Michael Young to return safely to third base on a ball hit back to Lincecum.

Then, after Cliff Lee squared around to lay down a sacrifice bunt, he laced a double to centerfield in the second.

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cliff Lee reacts after hitting a double in the second inning of Game 1 of the 2010 World Series. Photo © Ron Vesely/MLB Photos

After trailing the Rangers early, the Giants took control of Game 1 with the help of Freddy Sanchez’s three doubles.

San Francisco Giants 2nd baseman Freddy Sanchez sprints around first base after hitting the first of three doubles during Game 1 of the 2010 World Series. © Ron Vesely/MLB Photos

Add in the power of ex-White Sox 2005 World Series hero Juan Uribe, who connected for a three-run home run in the 5th inning to break the game open and turn the game into a route.

San Francisco Giants third baseman Juan Uribe connects for a three-run home run in the fifth inning of Game 1. © Ron Vesely/MLB Photos

The Giants Pat Burrell and manager Bruce Bochy greet Juan Uribe after Uribe launched at three-run home run in the fifth inning of Game 1 of the 2010 World Series to break the game wide open. © Ron Vesely/MLB Photos

Cliff Lee lost for the first time during the postseason in an outing quite uncharacteristic for the normally steady left handed hurler.

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cliff Lee reacts in the dugout after being removed from the game in the 5th inning. © Ron Vesely/MLB Photos

The Rangers just didn’t seem to be in sync after the 2nd inning.

San Francisco Giants first baseman Aubry Huff sprints toward the Rangers Ian Kinsler... © Ron Vesely/MLB Photos

...and tags out Kinsler, who rounded first base too far after hitting a single in the 8th inning of Game 1 of the 2010 World Series. © Ron Vesely/MLB Photos

Base running mistakes and four errors in the field put the Rangers in a hole they couldn’t dig out of, although they put together a rally of sort in the ninth inning, forcing the Giants to bring in Brian Wilson to close Game 1.

Game 2 gets underway in less than 6 hours. I expect to see a different Rangers team show up tonight.  That’s all for now.  Time to head to the ballpark!

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