The Giants and Tim Lincecum could not cash in on early chances and lost the opener of a 4 game series in Atlanta, 3-2. The Braves are the toughest team to beat at home in the NL ( they have only lost one series all year!) and we gave them an exciting contest...all kinds of small details that effected the game...if this is really a post-season preview (oh please, oh please, oh please) then it will be a doozy.
Tim continues to be a bit of an enigma wrapped in a conundrum. Although he did deliver yet another quality start (17 of 23 for Tim and 10 of last 12 for team), he was very uncharacteristically hurt by the long ball - a 2 run shot (after a two out 4 pitch walk!) and a solo shot for the difference. That makes the 11th and 12th this year, but six of those have been in the last month. We better keep an eye on that. His numbers: 6.1 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts.
I'm going to step aside quickly as I sense a rush of comments about to pour out of MOC. Was this a perfect game to show the power of the homer, or what? We have a gazillion scoring chances but can't get a key hit; they have few chances but win with a couple big flies. Go ahead, get it out of your system, PONTIFICATE your heart out...if you don't say something, your head will explode.