The Giants started their 128th season, 53rd in San Francisco, with one of their all time greatest stars leading the way. Tim Lincecum executed seven scoreless innings, giving up 4 singles (one crushed off the wall) and no walks, while collecting seven strikeouts. His 98 pitch effort featured a change-up in midseason form that was in a perfect counterbalance to a 95 - 92 MPH fastball. There were three or four different times that people swung and missed BY A LOT! I'm talking 6 - 10 inches. Poor Hunter Pence, a really good young star, looked like a doe in the headlights. Their feeble catcher, some stiff named Towles, was so clearly praying for a walk it was shameful. Only Carlos Lee looked like he was getting some good rips at Tim. So what does The Freak do? Late in the game, Tim breaks off a 2-0 SLIDER (!!!!) that handcuffs Lee into a weak foul out. After the game, Tim implied that many of his change-ups were actually sliders, apparently the speed is the same. Can you imagine the fun we will be having this year if young Mr. Lincecum has a "new" pitch? Be still my heart.
From JC Parsons and M.C. O'Connor, of Raising Matt Cain:
Smoke 'Em, If You Got 'Em