Tim Lincecum's first All-Star appearance was not exactly awe-inspiring. After two innings and 35 pitches, Tim had given up 2 runs (1 earned) on two hits. He may have been nervous because even though he got ahead 1-2 to the first two batters, he made TERRIBLE pitches: a high changeup that Ichiro singled and a ?? that hit Jeter. Ugly. However, Tim did what we have seen quite often. He bore down and made great pitches that should have gotten him out of the jam. Too bad great pitches aren't always enough. David Wright and Albert Pujols butchered up double play balls and Tim, himself, contributed some questionable defense. Luckily, Lincecum's battery mate, Molina ( the new improved clone of Bengie ) got him off the hook for the inevitable NL loss with a clutch hit. No doubt he would have settled in and sliced through them( he needed 13 pitches for a perfect second inning ) if he was given more time. Oh well, no damage done, but no real glory gained.
Did anyone else feel like the NL was playing like the Giants? Except, of course, we would not have made the errors. That game felt like alot of ours; fast, short, low scoring, few hits, good pitching, runs scored by outs rather than homers. I keep telling any body that will still listen that baseball is going into a new low scoring era and that the Giants are going to be standard bearers for this new age. I kind of feel vindicated after watching that game. Hope everybody likes pitcher's duels.