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2010 World Series SIMULATION (Game 3)
As I told everyone on Monday, I know it’s going to be a long winter for most of you with no baseball over the winter. So as a treat, I’ve decided to post results from a simulated version of the 2010 World Series featuring the Yankees and Giants (NOTE: All simulations courtesy of WhatIf Sports). Game 1 saw the Yankees click on all cylinders in beating the Giants on the road. San Francisco came back in Game 2 to pull even. How will both teams respond in Game 3?
As the Series shifted to Yankee Stadium for the next three games, the Yankees and Giants are both looking to take control. For the third straight game, the pitching match-up looks to be a bona fide duel — this time between Phil Hughes and Jonathan Sanchez. Each man would be making his first career World Series start. Both pitchers would disappoint, and the Yankees offense showed its muscle yet again.
Mark Teixeira paced the offense with 2 HRs and 4 RBI, including a first-inning bomb to get the scoring started. Getting the start at DH, Marcus Thames added a solo HR in the fourth. And Alex Rodriguez crushed a three-run shot in the seventh following a costly Juan Uribe error. These home runs helped to pick up Hughes, who struggled mightily. He only lasted four innings, allowing seven walks and throwing 98 pitches. Of the three runs he allowed, only one — a Pat Burrell homer — came on a hit. The bullpen did a fine job, led by two near-perfect innings from Sergio Mitre. Sanchez did not fare much better than Hughes. Although he lasted longer, nine runs (seven ER) in 6 1/3 IP took the life out of the Giants.
With the 10-4 win, the Yankees survive an awful outing from Phil Hughes and take a 2-1 lead in this best-of-seven series. Joe Girardi now has the luxury of going with embattled starter A.J. Burnett in Game 4 against rookie Madison Bumgarner. Can the Giants stop the bleeding and make this a 3-game series? Or will the Yankees pull within one game of a Series win? Stay tuned tomorrow!
SPOILER ALERT: Games 4 & 5 get a little wacky