That was not supposed to happen. Everything was going along rather smoothly, then the proverbial wheels came off. It was like skipping along at top speed, I mean really hauling. Then, all of a sudden, a toe catches a crack in the sidewalk that was not there a second ago. Down you go before you know what has happened.
Tim Lincecum got his second loss of the year this afternoon against the a tough Angel squad. His numbers were spectacular through seven but ended up only solid after eight. Eight hits (two doubles), no walks, three earned runs and nine strikeouts. The rally that was his undoing was started by Torii Hunter, whose numbers are rather remarkable, and the amazing Vladamir Guerrero. The key pitch may have been an 0-2 pitch to Vlad. I said out loud to my Brother that Tim needed to really waste it, not just throw it close. Sure enough, Tim put a tough pitch just off the corner...exactly the stuff Guerrero has made a career of hitting. I guess there are alot worse people out there that can beat you.
It was a heart-breaking loss, but you do have to tip your hats to them. Tim's streak is over (he had not lost since April) and his impressive record of 26-2 when given 3+ runs is still pretty damn studly. Nothing to fear, Tim will come back stronger than ever next time.
But I do have to admit it still smarts. Kind of like when you skin your knees after falling.