Saturday, May 16, 2009
Starting pitcher: JC Parsons
In big need of their stopper after some tough losses, the Giants were sorely let down. Tim Lincecum gave up a career high TEN HITS ( for the second time this season! ), 5 runs, and three walks. He was staked to a four run lead after 2 innings and still couldn't seal the deal. Five of seven innings started with baserunners, three stolen bases given up, a wild pitch....these are not impressive. And before you start going on about how great the Mets' lineup is, go back and notice how many starters were being rested. Face it, Tim blew it.
Perhaps it sounds like I'm being overly harsh towards The Franchise, that I should consider all the other poor performances it took to actually lose the game. Oh, believe me, I'm well aware of the nightmares enacted yesterday. Aaron Rowand continues his bold march into the highest levels of fan hatred. Merkin Valdez was efficiently vile. Brian Wilson's "nasty" stuff continues to get hammered around the ballpark. The difference is all those other guys are meaningless compared to Tim. In some cases, incredibly well paid and used in crucial roles, but still just pawns to be traded or sacrificed. Lincecum is the team, our hope for respectability, the King upon which all focus is drawn. He knows this, we all know this. It is a lot of responsibility for one player on a team of twenty-five but those are the facts of the game. He is our Superstar. Last night we needed him to take charge...he couldn't. Sobering.
(Congrats to FredLew for the HUGE homer. He doesn't hit many but BOYHOWDY he hits 'em hard!)