The 2010 World Series is one win by the San Francisco Giants from being over.
A spellbinding effort by 21-year-old Madison Bumgarner, making his first Fall Classic start and doing it in the Lone Star State's hostile heart, pushed the Texas Rangers to edge of elimination.
The southpaw coaxed eight empty innings from the Rangers' bats, striking out six while allowing only five baserunners (three hits and two walks) and no one passed second base.
The phenomenal rookie kept a dangerous bunch of splinters off balance and guessing wrong.
Vladimir Guerrero, in particular, had a Halloween night full of silly swings he'd like to forget.
Meanwhile, the Gent offense took care of the rest on an evening ruled by Orange and Black. As Texas watched bagel after bagel posted on the scoreboard, San Francisco enjoyed an appearance by the regular season's usual suspects, as Andres Torres, Freddy Sanchez, Aubrey Huff, and Buster Posey inflicted most of the damage.
Torres went 3-for-5 with an RBI double, a stolen base, and a run scored thanks to Huff's mammoth home run. Posey added an insurance run with a big fly of his own and Sanchez managed to contribute despite wearing an 0-for-4 collar.
The second baseman played his customarily blinding defense and, though he twice failed to advance Torres to third, Freddy bled Rangers' starter Tommy Hunter for 17 pitches in his first two at-bats. A particularly arduous nine-pitch sequence directly preceded Aubrey's moonball, so make of that what you will.
And with that, los Gigantes are but a single, itty-bitty victory away from the Promised Land.
But the faithful have been here before; well not quite here, but pretty close.
Which is why the article says "should" instead of "will"—I don't do predictions when the Giants are involved. I'm a baseball guy at heart and, as such, it's the one area where superstition holds sway. You can be damn sure I'm not risking any jinx at this late juncture.
Not with all the Baseball Gods have put us through.
So, with that disclaimer in mind, here are 10 reasons the San Francisco Giants should close out the 2010 World Series and claim the City's first baseball championship.