Let's start with the positves from last night...it won't take long. Tim Lincecum was picked up by his offense and his worst outing of the year did not result in him getting the loss. So, Tim remains undefeated in the month of May for his career. A five run outburst featuring back-to-back homers by Uribe and Bowker and a huge Huff double was a thing of beauty. Umm, I guess Bochy's lineup move with Tim batting eighth was a positive, at least it gave the announcers something to talk about.
The negatives: It would be easy to say that the bullpen ONCE AGAIN blew a potential victory for Tim and his record should be a perfect 9-0. That is a fact but I think we all know Lincecum did not really deserve to win. For the first time this year he did not deliver a quality start and if he had we probably win. Lots of 5's in his line score: FIVE innings, FIVE runs, FIVE hits, FIVE walks and FIVE (plus one) strikeouts. Like last time, his command of his fastball was putrid...but this time he combined walks with homers and a triple. Oh yeah, it was the FIFTH inning that was his undoing. Kind of a tough night for a guy that wears number "55."
Isn't baseball wonderfully weird? In a game filled with power hitting, the final score was determined by a wild pitch. Sigh.
I fear we may start a real tough time here. We will learn a lot about our chances in the next few days. I've always said that the key to baseball is how well you bounce back from failure. I guess we need to count on Zito to right the ship....did I really just say that??