Lee offers no excuses for Giant nightmare
Bruised and battered, Texas Rangers starter Cliff Lee paid tribute to the San Francisco Giants offense after he suffered a nightmare display in Game One of the World Series last night.
The ace lefty had produced outstanding form this post-season with a 3-0 record, after going 4-0 for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 playoffs, but he lasted just 4 2/3 innings after being roughed up by the Giants.
"You've got to give credit to their offense," said Lee after the Rangers were beaten 11-7 in the opener of the best-of-seven series. "They had some really good at-bats.
"I wasn't really locating that well the whole night. I had several mistakes that they capitalised on. They swung the bat well."
His dismal night came to a head in the game-breaking fifth inning when the Giants exploded for six runs.
Lee came into the series opener after eight days' rest but he said that was no excuse for his poor pitching.
"I'm not going to sit here and make excuses," he said. "The bottom line is that I didn't work ahead on the count effectively and I wasn't locating pitches. They got good aggressive counts and we paid for it.
"I've got to do better with damage control in the fifth inning, somehow getting out of there without giving up the six runs they scored in that inning. That isn't acceptable for me."
There was very little that went right on the night for Lee in front of an AT&T Park crowd of just over 43,000.
"I was missing with fast balls, I was missing with cutters and my change-up wasn't really there," he said.
Asked if he had been surprised by the Giants' battling display, Lee replied: "No, they're in the World Series. They have obviously been doing a lot of stuff right. They've got a lot of pretty good hitters, too. They just scored 11 runs off of us. That's pretty impressive."