His numbers aren't too bad (game score 42)
6.1 innings 10 hits 5 runs no walks 9 strikeouts
and maybe the heat got to him, but Timmeh absolutely fell apart in the the seventh inning. He gave up a couple runs early on singles and strike out pitches that Whiteside couldn't handle, but generally he had good stuff. And when Huff finally delivered a big hit to give him a lead late, I thought we had it made. Then: triple (by a guy from my hometown!), homer (the first ever by a pinch-hitter off Tim, by a guy from my alma mater), single, single, showers. That is NOT your typical Lincecum last inning. I was, shall we say....despondent.
But Nate Schierholtz (with not one but TWO huge RBI's), Cody Ross (with four hits), Freddie Sanchez ( with three hits), even frigging Aubrey Huff (with a homer and a HUGE two out walk in the ninth) all conspired to outslug the mighty Cardinals. How could I stay sad? Is it my imagination or is Brandon Crawford stirring the offensive pot? We sure seem a bit more capable at turning double plays as well. Its getting clear that Miguel Tejada (0-6 tonight although a couple were hard hit) will be left behind soon.
A road win against a good team when your ace lets you down is a rare and precious thing. Let us savor it.
OK, done? Good. Now, let's go kick their ass tomorrow!