Tim Lincecum (15-10) sliced through the threatening Colorado lineup with the entire baseball world watching. A tough ballpark, the division on the line, a sellout crowd, the only race left in the game.... this was obviously the biggest game of Tim's spectacular young career. So what did he do? Well, duh...he brought it.
Showing a complete command of all his pitches and a consistently high velocity, this was certainly his best "numerical" game since July. The numbers are sweet:
8 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, ZERO walks, and 9 strikeoutsThat's a nasty 83 game score. But the numbers don't fully tell the story. This game was HUGE. The rookies are in a deep hole now. Also, the stats just don't capture the efficiency and poise that Tim put on display. Perhaps the tough period that he suffered through has hastened his development as a more complete pitcher. Hell, the first fifteen batters he faced were dispatched in a manner that got even the most hardened fan dreaming of a perfect game (you know who you are!).
More History making: Tonight was the 18th straight game in which we have held the opponent to 3 runs-or-fewer which ties the frigging 1906 Chicago White Sox!!!! The all-time record is 20 by the 1917 pale hose. If that's not enough, the 2010 Giants have given up 2-0r-fewer in 12 of their last 13!
How long can we keep it up???