Bullpen Makes the Difference for Giants

Bullpen Makes the Difference for Giants

Both Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum proved to be hittable last night, but in the decisive sequence through the bottom of the fifth and top of the sixth, it was the bullpen--identified here yesterday as they key difference between the two teams--which made the difference in Game 1. San Francisco had broken through against Lee, breaking open a 2-2 game with three runs. With two men on base and two outs, Lee was removed for Darren O'Day. Reliable all year long, but suspect in the American League playoffs, O'Day promptly gave up a three-run shot to Juan Uribe that broke the game wide open. Texas promptly rallied and scored twice in the sixth, then put two men on with two out. In precisely the same situation, Lincecum came out. Santiago Casilla ended the inning with no further damage. The Giants added three key add-on runs later, runs hat would loom large in the ninth, as Texas rallied, but was never close enough to make it interesting, ending 11-7.

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