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Giants romp Lee, up 1-0

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Tonight was one of the great nights in the history of AT&T Park. Absolutely glorious.

From Freddy Sanchez’s four hits, to Uribe’s gigantic shot, to Lincecum vs. Lee, to Tony Bennett suddenly popping out of the Giants dugout to sing an acapella version of “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” to Monte Irvin throwing the first pitch alongside Orlando Cepeda, Gaylord Perry, Juan Marichal and Willie McCovery… it was just a magnificent night along the San Francisco bay.

Oh yeah, the Giants also took Game 1 of the 2010 World Series, and they did it without very much torture at all.

They were coming off of a series in which they beat Halladay, Oswalt, and Hamels. And tonight, they lit up Cliff Lee. Apparently Cy Youngs don’t faze the Giants. Neither does a career postseason ERA of 1.29, the third lowest in postseason history, behind only Hall of Famers Christy Mathewson and Sandy Koufax. He’d given up more than one earned run once, in Game 5 of last year’s World Series against the New York Yankees, in which he surrendered 5 ER in 7 IP.

After allowing just 9 ER in 64.1 previous postseason innings, he yielded 6 earned in 4.2 innings against the Giants. The Giants made Lee throw 75 pitches in 4 innings. As the fifth inning progressed, he crossed the 90-pitch mark and the 100-pitch mark. As a matter of fact, he’d only recorded two more outs, thanks to what became an epic six-run fifth inning for the Giants. Torres doubled. Sanchez doubled him in. After Lee seemed to settle down by striking out Posey, Burrell worked a tough walk (Lee’s second walk of the postseason). Ross and Huff both followed with clutch two-out base hits, knocking Lee out of the game. Up came Uribe, who hit a majestic three-run cherry-on-top to left field. For those of you who aren’t counting at home, that’s five two-out runs. Clutch.

The fifth inning was tremendous, but it was really only possible thanks to a couple of things: the third inning rally and Lincecum settling down. In the first two innings, the Giants compiled a couple doubles but did absolutely nothing with them. Meanwhile, Texas rallied for a couple runs. America thought Lee was set for his 8th consecutive postseason win. After all, why not? He’d go 8 innings like he always does, give up less than 0 or 1 ER cause he always does, and hand the ball to Neftali Perez.

In the third inning, Renteria got on thanks to an error by Gold Glove-winner Michael Young. Then after Lincecum failed to bunt Renteria over to second, Cliff Lee worsened things for himself by hitting Andres Torres. Freddy Sanchez continued his magical night with the second of his three doubles, scoring Renteria. Next was Buster Posey, in a match-up of master vs. rookie. The confident 23-year old singled in Torres and we had a ballgame. Sanchez was stranded at third, but the Giants — who seemed so tight for the first couple innings — had joined the party. This was longer just another piece in the Cliff Lee’s postseason legacy; it was Game 1 of the 2010 World Series.

Tonight’s game reminded me a lot of Lincecum’s Game 5 start against the Phillies. In that start, he gave up three runs in a rocky third inning, but settled in and threw four scoreless innings in which he only allowed two more Phillies to reach base. The Giants lost that game, but Lincecum did well to keep the damage at a minimum and keep his team in the game. Similarly, he gave up two early runs in the first two innings. It could have been much worse, but he battled out of it. After Cliff Lee’s double in the second, Lincecum retired 13 of 14 batters. That sends such a huge message to the rest of the guys — the longer you keep the team in the game, the longer everyone believes they can win.

– Freddy Sanchez became another new hero tonight, as he sparked all three of the Giants’ rallies . Remember, Sanchez won a batting title. Andrew Baggarly said Sanchez couldn’t shine in the spotlight of October, though and after Sanchez started the playoffs going 2-for-21, Baggs seemed like he was right. Since then, though, he’s riding a six-game hitting streak in which he’s hitting .520 (13 for 25). In those six games, he’s faced Oswalt, Hamels, Halladay, Oswalt again, and today, Lee. By the way, today he became the first player ever to hit a double in each of his first three World Series at bats. Stay hot, Freddy Sanchez.

– Juan Uribe’s batting .156 in the postseason. He’s 5-for-32. Sabermetricians hate him because he sports a OBP around .300. But what he does is win games. He hit the game-winning sac fly of Game 4. He hit the game-winning home run of the series-clinching Game 6. And tonight, he hit the decisive shot that split the game open… When Sanchez returned from the DL in May, people were wondering what would happen to Uribe. Bochy managed to put him in at SS and 3B enough to get him 521 ABs. How big has he been?

– Buster Posey struck out twice. But he also came up with a HUGE one-out knock against a guy you’re not supposed to be able to hit. Burrell and Ross would strike out right after, so who knows what would have happened had Posey not driven in the tying run.

– Aubrey Huff quietly had three hits tonight. That’s a guy the Giants wouldn’t mind to get going, the HR/RBI leader of the ballclub. Two of those hits were against Lee. I say this over and over again; Huff hits lefties better than any Giant since Barry Bonds.

– Edgar Renteria made so many great snags there in the 6 hole tonight. I like this line-up. Renteria scored a couple runs, too. But he and Uribe played some great defense in the infield throughout this game. You gotta think/hope Bochy goes with this infield as much as possible…

– Pat Burrell didn’t get a hit today. He struck out with one out and a runner on third. But the next inning, he walked against the hardest guy to walk against in the world. That allowed the fifth inning to continue for five more runs. These things go unnoticed.

– Texas made four errors, but give credit to the Giants for capitalizing on them. The error in the fifth inning was the start of disaster for the Rangers, and after Renteria went to third on Vlad’s misplay in the 8th, Ishikawa doubled him in.

The Texas Rangers are very well capable of jumping right back on the Giants tomorrow. Every ESPN expert who picked the Rangers has not already been proven wrong. Maybe tomorrow will be a different day. It’s just Game 1.

But you gotta believe that this is a pretty big Game 1 victory — the Giants just defeated the greatest ace of all aces. This is World Series baseball; you gotta live in the moment. So for now, Giants baseball is psychedelic bliss.

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