7 5 1 1 2 8
Game Score 69
The Cain Train just keeps on rolling. That's the NINTH time this season he's racked up at least 7 IP. Tim Lincecum, for comparison, has THIRTEEN such starts, but we all know that Tim Lincecum is the best in the league. After two good starts and two losses, the team stepped up today to get a big win. M.C. led the way, looking a little wild in the 1st but then getting the big K's. In the 4th, Olympic Nate made a great play to throw out Ryan Doumit at second base and, as it turned out, save a run. Otherwise, The Tennessee Stud was cracking 95-mph four-seamers and popping 79-mph hooks, subduing a feisty Pirates lineup with the grit and patience of a grizzled vet. I liked that he mixed in his slider and used the change-up effectively to get 8 K's and 9 ground balls. In short, it was just what the doctor ordered. The Lineup of The Walking Dead we saw yesterday and the day before came to life with a spirited Fiesta de los Dobles in the 6th to give us the winning margin. Sergio Romo made us all question our orientations with a rocky 8th, but "Lights-out" Affeldt came through again. Wilson, for once, gave us a ho-hum 9th, and we got out of Pittsburgh with a win.
Two items of note:
R.I.P. Sue Burns, a true Giant. By all accounts she and her late husband Harmon were passionate and devoted owners--fans, lovers of the game, friends to all who were part of the team. They will be missed. Let us hope the bean-counters, nickel-squeezers, and marketing analysts learned something from them about the joy of baseball, and about the hopes and dreams of all of us who follow the team. Corny, I know, but I doubt if Mrs. Burns would argue with the sentiment.
Jason Schmidt will pitch for the LAtriners tomorrow in Cincinnati.