So much for the duel between Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum. Lee was gone after 4 and two-thirds inning and was charged with the loss, and Lincecum was pulled an inning later (although he got the win). Game 1 of the 2010 World Series ended up taking three and a half hours and featured 12 pitchers, tying the World Series record for most pitchers to pitch in an individual game.
Instead of an intense low scoring affair, we got runs in bunches. Lee had a career postseason ERA of 1.26 coming into this game and 0.74 for this October—that jumped up to 2.51 after this game (11.57 ERA in Game 1 with six earned runs given up in 4 2/3 innings). Lincecum was better, but didn’t dominate either—5 2/3 innings and 4 earned runs. Five half-innings featured multiple runs being scored, and 25 hits were scattered all over AT&T Park. Brian Wilson had to actually come in and get two outs for the Giants with San Francisco up seven runs because relievers Ramon Ramirez and Jeremy Affeldt loaded the bases with one out.
Matt Cain and C.J. Wilson, it’s up to you to stem the bleeding tomorrow night.