Cliff Lee just may be human after all. Or maybe the Rays and Yankees just suck. Either way, Texas is down after dropping Game 1 of the Word Series 11-7 last night in San Francisco, where the Giants jumped on the previously untouchable lefty for seven runs in four-and-two-thirds to hand him his first career playoff loss in nine starts.
Texas scored single runs off Tim Lincecum in the first and second to grab a 2-0 lead, but Freddy Sanchez and Buster Posey tied it with RBI hits in the third before the Giants chased Lee with a six-run fifth, with the finishing touches applied via a two-run blast by Juan Uribe on a two-out, 2-0 fastball from reliever Darren O’Day. Sanchez led a 14-hit San Fran attack with four of his own, including three doubles, and Aubrey Huff went 3-for-4 with a two-bagger of his own.
Lincecum wasn’t his strong self for the Giants either, lasting just five-and-two-thirds and giving up eight hits and four runs, including a pair on a two-out Texas rally in the sixth that cut the lead to 8-4. The Giants struck back with a three-run eighth to pad the lead before the Rangers tacked on a few garbage timers in the ninth to make it slightly respectable.
So, not nearly the pitching duel I so stupidly called for in Game 1 (but come on, I couldn’t have been the only one…), but an entertaining one nonetheless. The two teams are right back at it tonight in San Francisco, with the Giants sending Matt Cain to the hill to face the Rangers’ C.J. Wilson. Once that’s done, the series shifts to Texas, with Game 3 slated for Saturday.