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)