San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain is still the only starter who hasn't allowed an earned run this postseason after shutting down the Texas Rangers in the Giants' 9-0 win in Thursday's Game 2 of the World Series.
It has been the House of Horrors for the Rangers so far in this series.
Missed it by THAT much: Giants fence denies Kinsler home run...
Half a biscuit for breakfast, as Harry Caray used to say, and Ian Kinsler would have achieved World Series immortality.
Alas: Cruel, cruel fence.
Kinsler seemed certain he had given the Texas Rangers a 1-0 lead by hitting a home run to start the fifth inning of Game 2.
The center-field fence at AT&T Park had other ideas, snatching the ball — with San Francisco Giants outfielder Andres Torres looking on — to keep it in play for a frustrating double.
The Rangers stranded Kinsler at second base and Giants right-hander Matt Cain didn't let Texas off the mat. San Francisco broke open a close game in the eighth inning and beat the Rangers 9-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the Series.
Fall Classic ratings plummet
The San Francisco Giants' 9-0 rout of the Texas Rangers earned the second-lowest television rating for a World Series Game 2, with more then one-quarter the audience disappearing from last year.
The Giants' win Thursday night, which gave them a 2-0 World Series lead, got an 8.5 rating and was seen by 14.13-million people, Nielsen Media Research said Friday.
That was down 26 per cent from the 11.5 rating for the New York Yankees' 3-1 win over Philadelphia in Game 2 last year. The only lower-rated Game 2 was in 2008, when Tampa Bay's 4-2 victory over the Phillies got an 8.1 rating.
The 2008 Series set a record for the worst rating, with an 8.4 over five games. The rating rebounded to 11.6 last year, with larger markets and the first Series since 2003 extending past five games.
Despite the absence of New York and Los Angeles, there are big television markets involved in this year's Series. Dallas is the fifth-largest in the United States and San Francisco is No. 6, according to Nielsen.
Through two games, this year's Series is averaging an 8.7 rating and 14.6-million. The rating is down 25 per cent from the 11.6 average after the second game last year.
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