Huff’s homer gives Giants 2-0 lead after 3 innings
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Aubrey Huff hit a long two-run homer off Tommy Hunter, and rookie Madison Bumgarner didn’t allow any hits through three innings as the San Francisco Giants took a 2-0 lead over the Texas Rangers in Game 4 of the World Series on Sunday night.
With the Giants trying to open a 3-1 lead, Andres Torres doubled off the first-base bag and down the right-field line leading off the third. Freddy Sanchez grounded out in a gritty nine-pitch at-bat before Huff sent the next pitch, Hunter’s 62nd of the night, about 10 feet fair deep into the lower right-field stands.
Normally the Giants’ first baseman, Huff was a designated hitter for the first time this year. He had gone 76 at-bats without a home run since Sept. 25.
Bumgarner struck out two and walked two, throwing 27 of 42 pitches for strikes.
Hunter gave up four hits in the first three innings, throwing 72 pitches.
Texas was trying to tie the Series following its 4-2 win Saturday night, while the Giants were attempting to move within a win of their first title since 1954.
In Game 5 on Monday night, opening-game winner Tim Lincecum pitches for the Giants against Game 1 loser Cliff Lee.
It was only the third Halloween game in World Series history, following Game 4 in 2001 and Game 3 last year.
The father-and-son team of George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch Sunday night in what Major League Baseball said was the first time two former presidents attended a World Series game.
George W. Bush, the 43rd president and former Rangers owner, threw the pitch. His dad, the 41st president, was at his side.
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy benched left fielder Pat Burrell, who is 0 for 9 with eight strikeouts in the Series. Nate Schierholtz made his first start of the postseason in right, with Cody Ross shifting to left.
Huff was the DH in place of Pablo Sandoval, and Travis Ishikawa took over at first - his first start since Aug. 14.
With the Dallas Cowboys getting pummeled 35-17 by Jacksonville across the street, this was the third straight year that featured an NFL-World Series doubleheader at the same sports complex. There were Eagles-Phillies twinbills in Philadelphia in 2008 and 2009.
Each team threatened early.
Torres led off the game with an infield single, but Hunter retired the next three batters.
Elvis Andrus walked leading off the bottom of the first, but Michael Young grounded out and Josh Hamilton grounded into a double play.
Ross walked leading off the second and Ishikawa hit a sharp grounder to second baseman Ian Kinsler with one out. He made a backhand flip to second, and Andrus appeared to throw to first in time for a double play, but first base umpire Jeff Kellogg called Ishikawa safe. Schierholtz lofted a fly to short center, and Hamilton sprinted in to make a diving catch.
Kinsler walked with two outs in the bottom half but was stranded when Jeff Francoeur lined to a leaping Sanchez, who snared the ball in the webbing of his glove at second. With a large portion of the ball sticking out like an ice-cream cone, Sanchez displayed his prize.