This is not the post I was supposed to write. I was all set with yet another attempt to portray the continuing mastery of Tim Lincecum as he slices and dices his way through Major League Baseball. This time the victim was an over-matched Phillies squad; I was going to call it "Philli-buster Tim" or something equally corny. But fate ( or Bruce Bochy's huge head ) stepped in the way.
Tim Lincecum delivered his best effort so far this year against his best opponent. Easily deserving a better fate, Tim met or exceeded all expectations, which are huge and growing with every pitch: 8.1 innings (106 pitches), 3 hits (a double and solo homer by Howard!), 2 earned runs ( the second scored with some help from Wilson ), 11 strikeouts. Beautiful numbers indeed, but the one I failed to mention...one walk... turned out to be the key to the entire game. At least that seems to be what Bochy thought.
Should Tim have been lifted ?? Imagine if it was reversed and we were behind Halliday 4-1 in the ninth. What is the ONE THING you would hope and pray for???? To get Halladay out of the game. Anybody else immediately gives you a glimmer of hope. Hope is a great thing, ask the President.
OK, kids. Have at it...this game had gobs of baseball goo all over it. If you don't vent after a game like this YOU CAN DIE. Believe me, I'm a doctor.