Giant exclamation point on Year of the Pitcher
Lincecum-Lee duel perfect cap to season filled with gems
By Anthony Castrovince | Archive 11/02/10 1:27 AM ET
ARLINGTON -- This was the way it had to end.This so-called "Year of the Pitcher" had to come to a close with two Cy Young winners on the mound -- one trying to pitch his team to glory, the other trying to pick his team off the floor. Tim Lincecum vs. Cliff Lee is an all-too-easy matchup to hype, but the hype is all-too-difficult to live up to. We saw that in Game 1 of this World Series, when Lincecum was a rather erratic winner and Lee's perceived postseason invincibility was shockingly shattered. But Game 5? An instant classic. "It was," Lee said, "a great pitching duel." One that Lee bowed out of with one bad pitch. When Lee hung a cutter to the immortal Edgar Renteria with two on and two out in the top of the seventh, this duel officially went Lincecum's way. Renteria pounded that pitch over the left-center-field wall for the game's first runs, and Lincecum and the Giants held on for the 3-1 victory that landed them their first World Series title in 56 years.