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No offense? Giants take down Lee in Game 1

Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:35 pm
 
SAN FRANCISCO -- Believe it or not, there were three other times this season that Cliff Lee gave up seven or more runs.

Believe it or not, the three teams he did it against were the Padres, Orioles and Royals.

Hard to believe?

No more so than Wednesday's Game 1 of the World Series, when the Rangers handed Lee an early two-run lead and then watched him give up seven runs to the offensively-challenged Giants, handing San Francisco an 11-7 win.

So the most successful postseason pitcher we've ever seen just got destroyed by one of the weakest World Series lineups we've ever seen?

Yeah, that's exactly what happened in Game 1. Believe it or not.

In his first eight postseason starts, Lee never lost. Not only that, but he never gave up anything bigger than a one-run lead.

In their first 10 games this postseason, the Giants only once scored more than four runs. In fact, even going back to the regular season, the Giants topped four runs just once in their last 17 games.

And they pounded Cliff Lee.

They knocked him out in the fifth inning -- first time that's ever happened to him in a postseason game, and first time it's happened to him in any start since the end of August.

They spotted him the two early runs, tied the game in the third with the help of a Michael Young error, then took control with a six-run fifth. Lee left trailing 5-2 with two out and two runners on base. Darren O'Day gave up a three-run home run to Juan Uribe, and that was that.

Lee gave up eight hits, and five of them went for extra bases. He gave up three doubles to Freddy Sanchez.

Then again, maybe we shouldn't be surprised. When Lee faced the Padres back in May, he gave up three doubles to Adrian Gonzalez and another three to Nick Hundley.

Maybe there's something about the National League West. Maybe there's something about offensively-challenged NL West teams.

Who knows?

All we know for sure is that what happened Wednesday night wasn't what any of us expected to see.


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Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:39 pm
 

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Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 7:45 am
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Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:55 pm
 

No offense? Giants take down Lee in Game 1

Or, duh, maybe the Giants -- who hit the most HRs in the major leagues in September -- just aren't that offensively challenged.

The Giants offense on the field today is not the Giants offense that posted the San Francisco numbers for the year. If you haven't noticed -- and it appears that most sportswriters haven't -- this offense with Pat Burrell, Cody Ross, Buster Posey isn't what we were suffering with through early June.

There are nine guys on this team with double figures in HRs. And four guys who in a full season would hit 25 HRs for the Giants... Posey, Burrell, Huff, Uribe. So the big HRs -- like the 6th game against Philly, like today -- can come from anywhere.

It's called a team.


SammytheGreek
Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:51 pm
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