The Giants just barely continued their winning ways by defeating the doggers, 6-5, tonight in front of a packed Orange Friday house. One run games, especially when you are in a pennant race, are nerve racking ordeals which can turn on the tiniest of details. In a wonderful game like tonight's, it can be difficult to pick out that small nuance...the "difference maker."
Off the top of my head, I will list a few possibilities:
1) Tim Lincecum made a tiny change to his motion (raising his hands higher) that I must admit I would not have spotted on my own. The result was his 16th quality start; a flawed but gritty performance: 7 innings, 7 hits (2B,3B, and a HR - Tim's 10th), 2 runs, 2 walks, and 8 strikeouts. Actually if you could eliminate Furcal (3-3, HR, 2B, 2 walks), Tim probably would have thrown a shutout. Did the change make a big difference? Not so sure...Tim still seemed out of sync at times.
2) The one mistake Furcal made: trying to stretch a double into a triple with two outs in the fourth. Really Sanchez and Huff deserve credit for great relay action, but it was a stupid move.
3) Huff's non-walk: in the bottom of the third with two outs, Aubrey thought he had drawn the walk (even threw the bat away and started down the line). A very close call. The next pitch Huff crushed a ball 400+ feet to give us a lead we never lost (barely). And my personal choice...
4) The color orange: I know it is probably a silly detail, but it is an