Beyond the importance of this game to the 2011 campaign, Lincecum found a way to tap into some more amazing Giants history. Tonight's effort, a solid 76 game score:
7.2 innings 3 hits 1 earned run 3 walks and TEN STRIKEOUTS
marks the 28th time that Tim has recorded 10 or more strikeouts in a game, which ties him with the immortal Christy Mathewson. Timmy did that particular trick 7 times last season and he already has two this year. Want some more more fun Tim facts?
* tonight Tim went 6.1 innings before giving up a hit, which tops his previous best of six hitless innings against S.D. July '09
* ( including last year) Tim has limited opponents to one run or less in his last five road starts (5 er in 35.2 innings)
* his performance tonight pretty well matches his career long love affair with April : 11-2 with a 2.11 ERA before tonight! Yes, that is his best winning % and lowest ERA of any calendar month....except November, I guess.
Besides Timmy, the box score heroes that deserve a shout out are Nate (3 hits including a third deck HR) and Pablo (with three walks!!). These two guys look like they are about to take their games to the next level.
LET"S SWEEP THESE PUNKS!