April 19th, 2012
Last night in San Francisco, Matt Cain and Cliff Lee engaged in a classic pitcher’s dual. The Giants won 1-0 in the 11th on a Melky Cabrera single to right that scored Brandon Belt. But the story of this game was how Cain and Lee matched each other pitch for pitch.
Cain, who threw a one-hitter in his last start against the Pittsburgh Pirates, followed that game up with a two-hit, no-run performance over nine innings last night. He struckout four and walked just one in the economical 91-pitch effort.
As good as Cain was, Lee might have been better. Lee went 10 innings, allowing just seven hits, no runs, didn’t walk a batter, and K’d seven. He threw just 102 pitches in 10 innings and once the Giants broke through in the 11th, I am sure Charlie Manuel is being second guessed in Philadelphia.
Lee’s performance was pretty impressive, especially the 10 inning part. With his 10 inning performance against the Giants, Lee became just the fifth pitcher since 2000 to throw 10 innings in one game. Here are the other four:
|Mark Mulder||2005||Ind. Games||1||0||0.00||1||1||1||10.0||5||0||0||0||5||0.50|
|Cliff Lee||2012||Ind. Games||0||0||0.00||1||0||0||10.0||7||0||0||0||7||0.70|
|Aaron Harang||2007||Ind. Games||0||0||0.90||1||0||0||10.0||7||1||1||0||10||0.70|
|Roy Halladay||2003||Ind. Games||1||0||0.00||1||1||1||10.0||3||0||0||1||5||0.40|
|Roy Halladay||2007||Ind. Games||1||0||0.90||1||1||0||10.0||6||1||1||0||2||0.60|
How about this juicy nugget. In 1992 Bill Wegman had three games where he threw 10 innings. That’s crazy to me. He threw 261.1 innings that year and never threw more than 130 innings in a season ever again. Go figure.
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