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Thursday, October 28, 2010
A few random Game 1 facts and figures

By Richard Durrett

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Here are a few facts and figures for you to chew on off of Game 1 (thanks to MLB and ESPN Stats & Information):

* The winner of Game 1 has gone on to win the World Series 64 times out of the previous 105 Fall Classics (61 percent). That has been the case in six of the last seven and 11 of the last 13 World Series, beginning in 1997. But one of the exceptions: The 2002 San Francisco Giants. They won Game 1, but lost the series to Anaheim.

* Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz are the first set of teammates in MLB history to each hit safely in their team's first 12 games of a postseason.

* The Giants are the 4th team to reach double digits in strikeouts, hits and runs in a World Series Game. All four teams won the game. The others: 1973 Mets in Game 2 over the A's, the 1960 Yankees in Game 2 over the Pirates and the 1956 Dodgers in Game 2 of the Yankees.

* Vladimir Guerrero tied a World Series record for errors in a game by a rightfielder. It has been done six other times (3 by Giants), most recently by Kirk Gibson for the Tigers in Game 2 of the 1984 World Series.

* Freddy Sanchez was 4-for-5 in Game 1 with three doubles and a single. The four hits matched a Giants World Series single-game record, done eight times previously. The last Giants player to have four hits in a World Series game was Monte Irvin in Game 1 of the 1951 World Series against the Yankees. Interestingly, Irvin threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

* Cliff Lee's seven runs allowed in Game 1 was the most he's had in his nine postseason starts. The 4 2/3 inning start was the shortest of his postseason career. The loss ended his streak of seven straight wins to start his career, one shy of the record set by Orlando Hernandez from 1998-2000.