Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy Time continues at Mays Field in 2011 as the Giants celebrate their EIGHTH walk-off victory, this time a 5-4 win in 13 innings over the Nationals. Even the most jaded sabrematician has to wonder at this team's ability to win the close one. Perhaps most impressive is our ability to overcome the few low quality starts we get (yes, Lincecum pretty much sucked chowder in this one) and find a new conquering hero (Freddy Sanchez, Nate Schierholtz, and a bunch of relievers as tonight's examples).
The one thing that Tim Lincecum did well yesterday was reach the ONE THOUSAND CAREER STRIKEOUT milestone. He seemed quite dedicated to joining the tiny list of strikeout artists that hit the magic number within their first five seasons...in fact, he struck out the needed fifth batter in the second inning. But by then Tim was already showing signs of mediocrity ( a mammoth HR to a RH ) and things got bad in a hurry as he struggled through a 101 pitch uglyfest (game score 43):
5 innings, 4 runs, 5 hits, 3 walk, 5 strike outsTim has a poor track record against Washington and this did nothing to help. Go figure. Luck for us WE WON!! End of analysis.
So that means we can ponder silly milestones. Not that Tim's achievement is silly, but you must admit they can get rather goofy. Like....
How many more thousands of AB's until Miguel Tejada gets an extra base hit?
On what date will Bochy make his One Millionth perfectly predictable pitching change?
Can Aaron Rowand go an entire career missing that foot outside slider?
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