Start #7: Loss (2-3) 5 innings 8 hits 4 runs 2 walks 8 strikeouts
This game, a sickening 6-2 loss to the doggers, will unfortunately be remembered for one pitch. Not just any pitch, mind you ... the worst pitch of Tim Lincecum's wonderful career. Actually it might qualify as the worst pitch EVER. Nah, that's harsh. After all, no one died.
It looked so good early. Not only was Timmeh humming through the first 3 innings with a fastball hitting 94 mph, he got a frigging RBI single and executed a perfect sacrifice bunt! Life was good. Then the wheels came off in the fourth: three hits in a row for a run, a ridiculous wild pitch, a walk, and then ... the aforementioned atrocity of a pitch: an 0-2 changeup over the heart of the plate. Even the weak Tony Gwynn Jr. saw it for what it was ... a gift. His three run triple was the death blow to our hopes of a "significant victory." I know it is early but my heart felt like we really needed this, hence the title of this post.
The Good: Matt Kemp took an 0-5, including getting K'ed by Tim three times. Brandon Crawford got a couple hits and didn't make any stupid errors. Actually, against Billingsly several Giants had long, good at bats. Too bad they were allowed to change pitchers. Their bullpen schooled us.
The Bad: Tim dominates this category tonight, however there were some other noteworthy contributors. Our "bottom" bullpen, for example. What a group of meh. Oh yeah, Nate Schierholtz screwed up majorly in a way you don't see too often. Kemp threw behind him at second right before Belt crossed the plate. Literally cost us a run. Pity it didn't really matter. We blew early chances and then got blown away late. Bad combination.
Tomorrow will be a tough off day but maybe it is best to take a break. After all, one day is plenty of time for a heart to heal. I'm sorry to say I know that from experience. Let's get the snakes this weekend!