Start # 29 ND (8-14) 6.1 innings (119 pitches) 4 hits 2 runs 7 walks 7 strikeouts
In an exciting match-up of fallen Aces, Tim Lincecum and his fellow Giants wore down a tough Josh Beckett and the dispirited doggers, 5-2. The Giants put on a lovely display of small ball (which I really enjoy) combined with just the right amount of studly pitching. That puts the good guys up 6 games in the loss column with 24 games to go. Or if you prefer to play the "Magic Number" game...it is NINETEEN!
Although Timmy did pretty much exactly what was asked of him in a big time game ( which is, get the game to our bullpen as late as possible ), you have to admit it was a wee bit painful to watch. (As MOC so wisely pointed out, it felt a Jonathan Sanchez start.) He was all over the place with his fastball for the first four innings; could NOT get it over. However, his slider was wicked and "spot on"... so he found a way to survive. He was like a crafty veteran that seems to be using mirrors or some such wizardry. Seven walks, a new career high. Sure that's ugly...but it was one an inning, every inning. Kinda weird and cool, huh? Bottom line : This game was another significant moment in the evolution of Tim Lincecum, the "Freak", into Tim Lincecum, the "F*cking Good Pitcher."
The good: I love me my small ball! Three lovely sacrifice bunts by Tim, Emmanuel Burriss, and Gregor Blanco. Stolen bases by Angel Pagan (#24) and Blanco (#21). Yea baby, that's some fun! Throw in a clutch hit by the best mid-season acquisition in the world, Marco Scutaro, and you have a recipe for dogger soup.
LET'S BURY THESE GUYS !!!!! GO MATTY !!!!!!