Start # 26 Win!! (7-13) 5.2 innings (87 pitches) 5 hits 1 runs 1 walk 4 strikeouts
In a game that crackled with play-off intensity, the Giants took game #2 of this big series, 4-1, and extended the lead to 1.5 games over the smog-suckers. Boy howdy, we sure are a tough team on the road. Clutch hitting, spectacular defense and superb pitching all seem to be the norm when we face the big, hostile crowds. That certainly may prove to be a big factor in the post-season.
Part of the intensity that I mentioned has to do with Tim Lincecum and how he was handled tonight. A glance at his numbers seems to reveal a strong performance. And it was pretty good ... in fact, his first five innings were almost flawless. It seemed like every time he got three balls on them (and that was often), he found a way to get the out. Until the sixth. Then his command went bye-bye, he gave up a few singles and he got a pretty quick hook. I can't really say it wasn't deserved, after all we have all lived through the freakish nightmare of this season. Still, it was a move that never would have happened any other year. Another aspect of the new Tim, I suppose.
The good: Angel Pagan continues his current hot streak, tonight with three hits. Perhaps even more surprising was Pagan's perfect one-hop throw to nail A.J. Ellis at the plate. Hector Sanchez blocked the plate beautifully. However, the true player of game was probably Santiago Casilla. Two dominating innings that effectively crushed the dogger's hopes. If Casilla returns to his earlier form, we regain our game-changing bullpen. That is the best news of the night
Another really nice thing about tonight... Matt Kemp is human! He looked down-right mortal, Thank Willie.
Hey! The snakes just lost! A good night.