As soon as we learned that Game 1 of the World Series would pit the Giants' Tim Lincecum against the Rangers' Cliff Lee, our imaginations went wild, but probably not wild enough to predict the actual result: Giants 11, Rangers 7, with neither starter making it to the seventh inning.
It was a decidedly weird game filled with surprises and miscues. Our Giants blog, McCovey Chronicles, is still trying to digest it.
Eighteen runs in a game started by Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum? The hum you hear might be coming from the ballpark, but it could also be locusts. Careful driving out there.
[...] Andres Torres was the run that tied the game at 2-2. Torres was on base because Cliff Lee hit him with a pitch. In over 236 innings this year, Lee had only hit one batter. Cliff Lee hitting a batter is as rare as, oh, an opposite-field home run from Juan Uribe. The playoffs are fun when the weird things happen for your team, and every year, one fanbase out of 30 gets to enjoy a wild, bizarre ride that leaves the weird ledger completely lopsided.