The defense of the World Championship by our San Francisco Giants started with a decided lack of defense and The Franchise, Tim Lincecum, got pinned with an Opening Day loss.
Although Tim pitched very well - 7 innings, 5 hits (all singles), no earned runs, 3 walks , 5 strikeouts - he probably wishes he that he got a few more outs on his own. Strikeouts eliminate the middle man, and letting the ball go in play can lead to scary things, as Tejada demonstrated with a key error in a crucial situation. Of course, if your teammates really want to give it away they don't have to wait for you to let it get hit, as Posey (shock!) demonstrated moments later with a horrible throw that was a really BAD IDEA (turns out it was Sandoval's idea, but still...Buster, what happened?) Unfortunately, the disgustingly impressive Kershaw did not make the same "mistake" as Tim by getting nine strikeouts with only one walk. Kid's good, what can you say?
"Tip of the Hat" to Brandon Belt on hit #1...kinda ugly but it counts. More importantly, congrats on a bunch of high quality at bats against a super tough lefty. I can't wait to see what you can do!
"Wag of the Finger" to Santiago Casilla, who looked like he wasn't ready to go when called upon. Maybe it was nerves, but it took him until pitch #15 before he had any velocity or command. Needless to say, by then the doggers had the run that ended up being the winner.