The much hyped pitching duel between Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay took place in front of a large rowdy bunch of Phillies fans tonight who attempted to harass the West Coast wonder-kid Lincecum to no avail as the “Freak” out pitched Halladay for a 4-3 Giants win.
You could not pick two cities further apart both geographically and culturally than Philadelphia and San Francisco and their respective Aces exemplified this with their stark contrast in appearance and style.
But tonight was all about Lincecum and his crazy wind-up that his Dad taught him when he was four years old to help create the leverage and torque to allow his 170 pound frame to deliver the heat. And tonight not only did our Washington native deliver the heat going 7 innings and fanning 8, but he also took it from the tough crowd in Philly who whistled at Lincecum as if he were a woman, in a high school like bullying effort that fell short for the City of Brotherly love….hmm
In a game that was supposed to be only about pitching, there was also 4 home runs hit tonight. Two of the blasts, both solo shots came off the bat of Giants right fielder Cody Ross. Ross is another of this gang of misfits that make up a club that was patched together throughout the year leaving Aubrey Huff the first baseman the only starter from the start of the year to still be at his position.
The Phillies are every bit as tough as their fans and were in this game all the way thanks to Halladay and homers by Jason Werth and Carlos Ruiz. Unfortunately for the Phillies it just was not enough tonight and they fall behind 1-0 in this best of 7 series that promises to be a real thriller if tonight’s game is any indication of things to come.
I would be remiss if I failed to mention another of the Giants characters who came up big tonight, that being the man with the black beard colored with shoe polish and a partial mohawk ie Brian Wilson the closer. Wilson lead the NL with 48 saves this year and came on with 2 down in the 8th to shut down the Phillies and preserve the win for his fellow “Idiots” as the Giants call themselves. Call them what you like but this group of castaways and misfits just upset the favored Phillies and they are fun to watch!
As a matter of fact I am going to be in SF next week and plan on going to a game or two while I am there. I will be sending live tweets at : jeffsmariners, so if you are not following me yet please do it should be a gas.
Not much to say about my other bandwagon team the Yankees as they got crushed by the Rangers today 7-2 and now will be forced to face Cliff Lee Monday night when the series goes back to the Bronx. The Rangers lineup is lethal and today they also got a great pitching performance by Colby Lewis, as the Rangers fans finally got to see their first home postseason victory in team history. I look for this series to go 6 or 7 games and produce some twists and turns that none of us have even imagined yet.
So today belonged to the Giants and Phillies and tomorrow is still a mystery…..http://jeffsmariners.com