Saturday, May 21, 2011

Rapturous Tim

Tim Lincecum (4-4) pitched like it was the last day of his life. Thank Jeebus, it wasn't and we were all treated to a masterful 3 hit shutout (#5 for his career)over the helpless A's. For a minute there, while Tim was throwing 96 mph heat in the ninth inning, I thought I saw god.

After allowing 15 baserunners in 5.2 last time out, the Freak gave up only three this time out. (Did any body reach second base?) Employing absolute command of all four of his pitches, Tim's numbers (game score 87) are elegantly dominating:

9 innings 3 hits (all singles) NO RUNS NO WALKS 6 strikeouts

Certainly his best work since last November 1st. At one point Lincecum retired twenty one batters in a row. It was like the A's were zombies, dutifully stepping up for a swift killing blow by the story's hero. Isn't it great to still be alive?

That's thirteen wins in the last seventeen games. Considering the injuries, I would say we are playing damn well. Kinda like defending World Champions, wouldn't you say?

(cool photo credit)


Anonymous said...

I love it!

The image, the "Jeebus", and the enthusiasm. Sadly, I couldn't see the game from here in NJ (damn you FOX) but from, it looked like Timmeh was just making them look ridiculous. Ah well, I prefer the torturous affairs anyway but a win's a win. Nice post JC.

M.C. O'Connor said...

Yeah, it was rapture indeed. He was very, very impressive, especially since he didn't (for him) have that many Ks. The A's put the ball in play but most were harmless popups and grounders. He got a lot of called strikes with his fastball on the outside corner. Game Score 87!

Coco Crisp made it to second base in the 9th via "defensive indifference."

Anonymous said...

Two of those darn games that we lost, were games we practically gave away to the rockies. Otherwise, we would have a 4.5 game lead.

Brother Bob said...

Bochy:"Late in the ballgame, he is like a closer, the poise he has out there and the mentality of wanting to finish, which is kind of old school. He's not looking for help. I think your great starters are also closers." (from the AP story)