Sunday, August 7, 2011
Good and Lucky Tim
Starting pitcher JC Parsons
I'm really not sure what attitude to open this post with...
sarcastic - "Tim Lincecum didn't throw a shut out today and the GIANTS STILL WON! Go figure."
shocked - "Thirteen hits total, four by Jeff Keppinger, a catcher(gasp) not named Buster (Chris Stewart) contributing a ton...in other words: a real offense."
So, I will just fall back on fecking grateful - "Thank Willie! We beat the damn Phillies, 3-1, avoiding the sweep and staying barely atop the NL West."
Lincecum (10-9) didn't really pitch much better than mates Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner, but he comes away with the victory. Displaying that amazing ability to avoid big hits, Tim (game score 68) limited the impressive Phillies to nothing but singles:
7.2 innings 7 hits 1 run 1 walk 5 strikeouts
The best part of Tim's effort was that wonderful finish he so often displays, especially when a rare visit from the Run Fairy has graced our presence. Most of the hits came in the first few innings and his velocity actually hit a game high in the eighth inning. An interesting moment came when Tim got whacked by Chase Utley's bat on a foul tip. You don't see that too often...plus it was refreshing to see the two gentlemen act so classy out near the mound.
Special Tip o' the Hat to newbie Keppinger. A four hit day is something special. Runner-up: Aubrey Huff's two walks were like a breath of fresh air.