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October 27, 2010

Cliff Lee on his Game 1 performance

The visiting clubhouse at AT&T Park is long an narrow, and it's definitely no place for 50 media members to surround Cliff Lee's locker, which just happens to be in a back corner. But, as always, good or bad, Lee weathered the storm.

"Obviously, you’ve got to give credit to their offense. They had some good at-bats, I wasn’t really locating as well tonight, and I made several mistakes that they capitalized on. They swung the bat well.

"The first two runs they scored were broke-bat hits, little flares. They weren’t really squaring the ball up that well. In the fifth inning, they started squaring stuff up. Pat Burrell put together a really good at-bat and drew a walk.

"You’ve got to give credit to them. They’re in the World Series. They’ve done a lot of stuff right. When you think of the Giants, you think of their starting pitching and bullpen, and defense plays a huge part in that. But they’ve still got a lot of pretty good hitters, too. They scored 11 runs off us. That’s pretty impressive.

"The bottom line is I didn’t work ahead in the count effectively and I wasn’t locating pitches.
I’ve got to do a better job as far as damage control there in the fifth inning. It’s about getting out of there without giving up six runs. That’s not acceptable to me, but you’ve got to give credit to their hitters."

-- Jeff Wilson

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