The Giants add another pitcher’s pelt to their wall next to Jimenez, Latos, Halladay, Oswalt and Hamels. Here’s Cliff Lee’s new post-season stats:
That “L” on the last row? That’s the Giants. Not only does nobody think the Giants are going to win this series, absolutely nobody saw them defeating Lee, especially in an 11-7 game. The Giants don’t have offense, what was that about?
Even I’m somewhat baffled. I’m not sure what any of it means. I would have preferred that the Giants kept the 8-2 score they had in the 5th, that makes more sense to me. The Giants strength all season has been their ability to keep runs at bay. So it concerns me that after Lincecum leaves the game the bullpen gives up 5 more runs in 4 innings. Yes, the Giants scored 11 runs and took the win, but can they do that all the time? Are they going to have to? They’ve only scored double digits fourteen times this season.
On the other hand, I’ve heard the Rangers are pretty good about not giving up runs too, especially Cliff “third greatest post-season pitcher of all time” Lee, and yet they gave up 11. So I really have no idea what to make of this game. Maybe it was a fluke for both teams.
I would like to think that the Rangers 3 runs in the 9th were mostly because Bochy didn’t put in Wilson right away, per usual, and I would like to think that the reason he did that was because the Giants were far enough ahead that he wanted to save Wilson and give other closers a chance to see some action. Of course, it didn’t work out for Ramirez or Affeldt and Wilson ended up coming in anyway, but maybe those last 3 runs were “freebies” or something.
Another “battle of the great pitchers of all time” hype that didn’t live up to itself. Despite giving up more runs, Lee tied Lincecum in the hits department, dominated him in strikeouts and ultimately ended up with a slightly better ERA, even though he pitched one less inning. But obviously, given the amount of runs in the game, neither star pitcher gave his best performance and the media was once again sad.
The tack-on offense was just amazing last night. Consider that the Rangers had 8 hits off Lincecum but only generated 4 runs, while the Giants had 8 hits off Lee and generated 7 runs. The singles and double just kept coming, and it always seem like it was when there were two outs. Freddie Sanchez made World Series history by hitting three doubles in one game, generating three RBIs. Posey, Schierholtz, Ross, Huff and Ishikawa all got to contribute RBIs and Juan UUUU-Ribe once again batted one out of the park with two on base. God I love that guy. He doesn’t always hit, but when he hits it’s always good.
Aside from the lame Fox announcers, two things I hated about last night’s presentation: 1) They completely skipped the opening pitch by Giants hall-of-famers in favor of focusing on two igits in the press box who, by their own admission later in the game, don’t know what they’re talking about. How come I had to watch them instead of watching Orlando Cepeda, Gaylord Perry, Juan Marichal and Willie McCovey? I don’t even know what they said. Who cares what they said! 2) Didn’t get to see whether or not the crowd cheered when they announced Bengie Molina. That was a discussion around the bay area all week, as to whether that would happen. I heard on the radio this morning that they did in fact cheer his name, and I’m glad for it. I love the Bengie, even if he’s in the wrong colors.
Speaking of Bengie, his latest blog entry
is full of warm-hearted goodness. My favorite bit:
The first time I was up, I wished Posey luck and he wished me luck. Then I looked out at Lincecum and touched the bill of my cap, and he touched his in response.
I had as special a relationship with Timmy as I have had with any pitcher. Maybe because he was so young when I began catching him and I became a mentor to him. We have texted since I was traded but I had not seen him or talked to him in person until the game yesterday. I had heard he had said really nice things about me to the press.
When he came up to bat for the first time, I stood and told him, “I want you to know that hits or no hits, win or lose, you’re my boy.”
“Hey, Be-Mo, I love you.”
Then we both got to work.
Game 1 is in the bag. Cliff Lee defeated. The Giants are 1-0. We’re still making the media scratch their heads in bewilderment. Keep it up!