World Series by the numbers: Game 3

World Series by the numbers: Game 3

How 'bout them Rangers?

They went Cowboy-up on Saturday, outdrawing the Giants to claim the state of Texas' first win in a World Series game.

Have we got a brand new Fall Classic? You can count on it.

52,419: Saturday's attendance, a new Rangers Ballpark record, topping 51,746 for Game 3 of the American League Division Series against Tampa Bay.

41: Number of times the team with a 2-1 Series lead has won Game 4 -- out of 81 situations. In other words, Sunday's game is an absolute tossup.

28: Mitch Moreland's at-bats this year against left-handers without a home run before he fought his way to the three-run fuse in the second inning off Jonathan Sanchez that sparked the Rangers to Saturday's victory.


22.181: Neftali Feliz's age -- in years.days -- when he picked up Saturday's save, making him the second-youngest to do so in a World Series. Bob Welch was 21 years, 342 days old when he saved the Dodgers' 4-3 win over the Yankees in Game 2 of the 1978 Series. Whom did Feliz displace as No. 2 on that list? None other than Texas club president Nolan Ryan, 22 years, 256 days old when he saved the Mets' Game 3 win over Baltimore in 1969 in his only World Series appearance.

13: Cumulative runs by which the Rangers had lost Games 1 and 2. If they continue the rebuttal they began Saturday and come back to win the World Series, it will be third-largest run differential in the first two losses overcome by any Classic winner. In 1960, the Pirates absorbed their first two losses by 23 runs before beating the Yankees in seven games, and in 1996 the Yankees dropped the first two to the Braves by 15, then won four straight.

12: Nelson Cruz's number of extra-base hits this postseason, setting a new record by being the first to finally get over 11, which has been accomplished seven times, most recently last year by the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.

11: Longest postseason hitting streak in Giants history, by Irish Meusel, from Game 3 in the 1921 World Series through Game 5 in 1922 World Series.

10: Cody Ross' ongoing postseason hitting streak, tying Alvin Dark (1951 World Series Game 1-1954 World Series Game 4) for Giants franchise's second longest, and bearing down on Meusel.

8: Pat Burrell strikeouts in three World Series games (and nine at-bats) as he's swinging (and missing) for the record 13 by Ryan Howard in six games last October; in Saturday's game, Burrell became the 13th in Series history to fan at least four times in a game (the Phillies' first baseman also had a four-strikeout night in Game 2).

7: Cruz's postseason doubles, tying the postseason record set in 2004 by the Yankees' Hideki Matsui and previously matched in '07 by Boston's Mike Lowell and in '08 by the Phillies' Jayson Werth.

3(a): Postseason wins by a Rangers starter with the initials C.L. -- and it's not Cliff Lee. Colby Lewis improved to 3-0, with an ERA of 1.71, in four postseason starts with Saturday's brilliant 7 2/3-innings turn.

3(b): Texas' magic number, over-under department. In the postseason, the Rangers are 8-0 when they allow three runs or fewer, 0-6 when they go over that.

2:51: Time of Saturday's Game 3, the shortest Series game since 2001 Game 2 between the Yankees and the D-backs went 2 hours and 35 minutes. Coupled with the earliest World Series start since the mid-'80s, last pitch was delivered before 10 p.m. ET, allowing kids to catch up on their sleep for Sunday's trick-or-treat adventures.

2: Consecutive walks drawn by Texas catcher Bengie Molina, in the second and fourth innings, something he had done as recently as May 11. As they say of the likable receiver, "He can't run -- and he can't walk, either." Last season, he went to the plate 549 times -- and walked 13 times.

.080: San Francisco's DH batting average this year (2-for-25), from regular-season Interleague games through Pablo Sandoval's 0-for-3 in Saturday's World Series game.

Tom Singer is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow @Tom_Singer on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.