Giant fans should be really happy they don’t have style points for World Series wins. Because this was Jabba the Hutt ugly.
In what everyone and their moose thought was going to be a classic pitchers duel devolved into a sloppier than Oscar Madison’s bedroom fiasco.
You had Lincecum, who pitched the first two innings like he was as high as Cheech and Chong during the car scene from Up in Smoke.
In fact I think even Tommy Chong after smoking the dog poop would have said “Wait… why didn’t he throw to third base?”
And Freddy Sanchez looked like he was going to be the goat and suddenly Cliff Lee had a 2 run lead and Game 1 was lost for the Giants.
After all Lee gave up 2 runs over 24 innings against big sluggers like Longoria, Crawford, A-Rod, Teixeira etc… He was clearly going to go 7 or 8… maybe 9.
Or 4 2/3?
Suddenly it was a blow out and Lincecum was in control.
Until he wasn’t.
Ian Kinsler scampered for second when a ball got away… but forgot to double check to see if the ball actually DID get away. Important detail.
And Vlad Guerrero played right field like Frank Robinson. Remember, Robinson turned 75 this year.
So the game was a blow out… and for whatever reason Ramon Ramirez and Jeremy Affeldt wouldn’t throw a strike even though a grand slam wouldn’t make it a save situation.
I guess Fox really wanted Brian Wilson in this game.
Either way… it wasn’t pretty. But it was win #1.
And safe to say it won’t be included in Ken Burns’ 11th inning.