For the second time in the last eleven thrilling days, Tim Lincecum has beaten an opponent's "ace" in a huge NL West match up. The first showdown was the classic duel with Ubaldo Jimenez that Tim secured with a spectacular effort (game score 76)...Holy Jeebus, was that the last game those pesky Rockies lost? And, of course, the second beat down came today against the puds' much heralded Mat Latte', a 6-1 drubbing at DogFood Park in which Tim dominated from the start (game score 67). Lincecum seemed to own the bottom of the strike zone; only 5 of the 21 outs were fly balls and the only extra-base hit (a triple) was a hard grounder just by Huff. His velocity also seemed to be top notch, hitting 94 regularly, even late in the game. His line:
7 innings, 7 hits, 1 run (fie on you,Eckstein!), 1 walk and NINE STRIKEOUTS
No doubt that the "W" is really what "it" is all about, but isn't there some potent mojo associated with the fact that our #1 Stud can and WILL beat their #1 Stud? Tim Lincecum is still "The Man" in the West.
Other quick thoughts:
* Tim creeps up on another Juan-type accomplishment. At 208 strikeouts, Lincecum leads the league and has topped 200 for the third consecutive year. Marichal did it 4 times...Mathewson (3) and Rusie(4) did it too, but that was a frigging long time ago!
* Can I dream that Nate may get to play some now that Torres is out? Or does Rowand now just get handed the job? And does that sac fly RBI tonight from Guillen mean he's guaranteed a spot for another week? Jeez, what does Bonehead see that none of us do?
* Way to bring the RMC vibe down to San Diego, Bro! You represented!
photo credit: Who knew there already was an Ace Killer?