Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Road Warrior Tim

Etching his name deeper into the history books and our hearts, Tim Lincecum (3-3) struck out 12 Mets and led the Giants to a 2-0 victory. The chilly, breezy conditions must have stirred something in Tim's soggy Pacific Northwest heart as he delivered 127 pitches tonight. This herculean effort (game score 76) :

7 innings 5 hits no runs 3 walks TWELVE STRIKEOUTS

marks the 29th time that our beloved Freak has racked up double digit K's, which sets an all-time franchise record. When you are breaking Christy Mathewson's records, you know you are doing something right.

Fun Tim Facts:
* Tim's five road starts have all been quality. Only 5 runs in 35.2 innings.
* In his last three games, Tim has received three runs of support.
* His 964 strikeouts put him 12th all time franchise and 6th for SF

Bochy must be having a boatload of fun with this bullpen. They sure make him look good. Tonight he used the three headed monster of Ramon Ramirez, Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo for the eighth. Then, the Bearded One for the ninth. Those guys added four more strikeouts, bringing the total to 16 for the night. Managers are geniuses when they have good bullpens. If Bruce Bochy ends up in the Hall of Fame, it will be because of Trevor Hoffman and Brian Wilson.

Oh yeah, I guess I should mention the offense. Hmmmmm. Fontenot sure is a good #3 hitter, huh?


M.C. O'Connor said...

You mentioned the offense! You mentioned the offense! Neener-neener-neener!!!

Tim looked really ragged and out of sorts early in the game (25 pitches in the first inning). He kept missing his spots and getting into long counts. But he kept at it and started to find his command and kept putting up zeros.

Freddy Sanchez made a sensational play in the 6th with two on and no outs, running back on a foul fly ball, snaring it over the shoulder, sliding, then popping back up with a bullet to Posey to hold Beltran at third. It was as good a play as you'll see in a season.

Tim then struck out the next five guys--two in the 6th and the side in the 7th. It was awesome.

Zo said...

Who was it who said that Tim would pitch a shutout? Someone awfully smart, that's for sure.

JC Parsons said...

Yep, the smartest thing I ever did was hitch my fandom to Tim's shooting star. Predicting dominating performances from the Freak probably doesn't count as brilliant baseball analysis though...
Just saw the Sanchez play!! That is as good a play as can be made. Especially with Nate barreling down on him. Freddie is slowing winning me over.

JC Parsons said...

slowly not slowing

Anonymous said...

SEXY GAME. So long as our pinchers are pinching and the offense isn't 2010 Mariner-esque every game, then I'll feel better. GO GIANTS!