Then, in the bottom of the third, Pat the Bat hit his first homer as a Giant and gave Lincecum the lead.
Evidently that made Tim feel ever so much better. He proceeded to rip through the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings in order ( getting 11 in a row ). In the seventh he gave up a hit to break the nifty streak, but then produced a double-play grounder immediately. Finally, he gave up a hard hit ball ( a triple ) and another run in the eighth, but by that time the game was already in control. Tonight's performance may not jump out as one of his greatest: 8 innings, 2 runs, 7 hits ( only two XBH ), 1 walk and 7 strikeouts, but it sure might be one of his sweetest. I am a whole lot less scared.
There is no doubt that it is awfully hard to stay a contender with Tim in a funk.
Here's to the end of the Freak Funk!! Be Gone and Never Return!!