This game, much like the pitching performance of Tim Lincecum, started like crap but finished just fine. Hell, it ended a little bit better than just fine. In a rather stunning ninth inning 4 run outburst, the Giants came back to take the opener in Oakland, 5-4. A big win at a crucial time of year and especially sweet as it ends the horror of nine straight losses with Timmeh starting. Shit, it was also the first time we won in that crappy stadium in two years!
The joy we feel now certainly makes it easy to forget the terror we felt after the first six Athletic batters: Infield hit,( steal 2nd, steal 3rd ), single to score a run, single, walk to load the bases, safe on fielder's choice to score a run, and then ... wait for it ... a walk to score the third run. Three runs in without an out recorded. I'm sure we all felt that crushing disappointment that comes when Shitty Tim shows up again. But then it all went away, like a summer thunderstorm. He struck out the next three batters (which probably saved the game as it worked out!) and went on to slice through 5 more dominating innings. Go figure. This is one crazy year. So, if you forget the 42 pitch terrible first inning, it was a great game for Tim (game score 58).
The good: Obviously, the big story of the game is the come-back ninth inning. Four hits (Brandon Belt, Justin Christian, Hector Sanchez and Gregor Blanco) and two walks (Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval) mostly against a previously untouchable closer, Ryan Cook, is something that doesn't happen too often. Don't believe me? We are now 2-29 when trailing after 8 innings. Blanco deserves special notice for driving in two runs and stealing three bases! I love our running game and it is definitely helping us score more runs.
The bad: After a good month, it does seem like Ryan Theriot is fading fast. Today he completed the rare sombero (0-5, 4 K) and made an error. Maybe he just needs a few days off.
Tim's next start is Wednesday against the doggers. Will we get another mixed message or has Tim finally turned the corner of this nightmare? Time will answer that, time to enjoy a great win!
A WIN THAT TIMMEH STARTED !!!