Oct 172010
Giants ace Tim Lincecum

Giants ace Tim Lincecum

October 17 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“They cautioned against the blaring hype of a pitchers’ duel with one steady warning. You never know.

The players and managers of both the Phillies and Giants said this because they know. They know how hard it is for a pitcher – even ones with the biological and mental qualities of Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum – to repeat the motion of throwing a baseball approximately 100 times and expect precision when it leaves the hand.

They also know this undeniable principle: It is impossible for a pitcher to control every variable.

In the sixth inning of the Phillies‘ 4-3 loss to San Francisco in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series, Halladay began his walk from the mound to the dugout after throwing a 90 m.p.h. cutter on the black to Pat Burrell with two outs.

Halladay executed his pitch. He thought it was a strike.

“Yeah, I did,” Halladay later said.

But home plate umpire Derryl Cousins did not agree. It was close, Charlie Manuel said, this much is sure.

Burrell hit the next pitch for a run-scoring double off Raul Ibanez’s glove to pad the Giants’ lead. Juan Uribe followed with an RBI single. That was the game.

And that’s why you never know. The Phillies lost a Game 1 for the first time in eight series. The favorites to win a third consecutive National League pennant suddenly face some measure of adversity.”

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