Start #19 ND (3-10) 8 innings 5 hits ZERO runs 1 walk 11 strikeouts
It isn't often that something else matters more than getting the win. Of course, maybe I'm just saying that because we did end up winning, 3-2 in 12 innings over the Astros. Be that as it may, the big news of tonight was the dominating performance of Tim Lincecum ( game score 82 ). Displaying the kind of fastball command that brought him those big ol' trophies a few years ago, Timmeh sliced through the over-matched Houston lineup. His knee high heat, in on the hands on both sides of the plate, set up his other devasting stuff. Just like the good ol' days. His final out of the night was way cool; a strikeout that he got the assist on as he grabbed a pitch that got away from Hector Sanchez ( a recurring theme in this weird game ). Sure it was a pity that Tim didn't get the win, but it is not like he's going to have a good record this year.
The good: There is a boatload, obviously since we are BACK IN FIRST PLACE! Melky Cabrera ( 40 multiple hit games! ), Angel Pagan, Gregor Blanco and Buster Posey all got on multiple times. But the real offensive star was Hector. Four frigging hits; including the game winner. What a night he had...trying to catch Timmy's shit, getting the tough error that tied the game, and then winning it in extras. Sanchez is truly one of the bright spots of the season...he also makes our catching position the most potent in the league. Special praise to Brad Penny with 5 big outs in extra innings. Isn't it cool that he is contributing again?
The bad: I suppose it must be mentioned that Santiago Casilla has blown a wad of games lately. Tonight's was tough - the tying run scored from second after a strikeout! - but it is an alarming trend for sure.