I’m going to go back and look over some of the Marichal-Koufax matchups in the coming days, but I’m not aware that those two ever had a lefty-righty showdown like the one witnessed at AT&T Park Wednesday night. We’ve become accustomed to seeing really good pitching performances at China Basin over the past several years, but this might have been the most well pitched game by two starters I’ve ever seen at the 12-year-old yard, and one of the best I’ve ever witnessed anywhere … and I’ve seen a lotta ball.
One thing’s for certain, you just don’t see games like this much anymore. Matt Cain went a full nine and threw 91 pitches. Cliff Lee went 10 and threw 102 (just 89 for the first nine). Cain walked one and gave up two hits. Lee didn’t walk anybody and gave up seven hits. Cain got his last 14 outs in a row (the first two on a double play). Lee retired 12 straight from the fifth through the eighth. Of Cain’s 91 pitches, 64 were for strikes, and quite honestly, I barely remember any of the 27 balls. Of Lee’s 102 pitches, an astounding 81 were in the strike zone. My god. That isn’t just dealing, that’s painting a Rembrandt. (Right, A’s fan, you chip in here and tell us about the 38 consecutive strikes Bartolo Colon threw on this evening, which admittedly ranks with any of the Cain/Lee numbers).
For once, when Bruce Bochy said it doesn’t get any better than this, he was right. Unless you go back to the Marichal/Koufax days. Or Colon in Anaheim.
Posted: April 19, 2012 at 04:41 AM | 37 comment(s)
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