Start #23 WIN !!!! (6-11) 6 innings 5 hits 1 run 5 walks 3 strikeouts
WOO-HOO! Two Tim Lincecum wins in a row! That hasn't happened since April 23 and 28. Yes, of this year! Timmy certainly didn't have his best stuff (10 baserunners in 6 innings is not wonderful), but he kept the damage to a minimum and lead the Giants to the win, 8-3, and a gratifying three game sweep of the hapless rookies.
It isn't great that Tim had a miserable 36 pitch, 2 walk, one wild pitch first inning. But it is great that he is finding a way to survive that kind of thing now. It wasn't too long ago that a bad inning meant doom to the Freak. Is the "new" Tim going to have to live with this new ugly high WHIP lifestyle? It is beginning to look that way. Krukow will love it; all that manly talk of toughing it out and fortitude, blah,blah. Oh well, the good news is Timmeh is now 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in his last five starts since the ASB. Definitely a nice trend ... not Vogelsongian, but nice, indeed.
The good: This is a good chance for me to continue my Hunter Pence love-fest. Today's contribution included a pair of RBI doubles. One was a beautiful smash off the right field wall. It appears that he has a Buster Posey-like ability to crush outside pitches. Gives me shivers just thinking about it. I know Hunter is sure twitchy in batter's box ... not exactly pretty... but the results are SWEET!
Oh, by the way, Melky Cabrera and Buster Posey look like World Champions to me. It is a privilege to get to follow these guys.