Even for a "light" hitting team like the Giants, it would be a bit surprising to go an entire four game series in Wrigley Field and not hit a home run. Especially if you end up winning 3 of the games, with the one loss being a rare blown save. Well, I guess Hunter Pence figured that out at the last possible second today as he blasted a game tying homer with one strike left in the game to help propel our beloved boys to a 10-7 extra inning victory. The first place Giants (9-4) get a well deserved day off Monday before heading to Milwaukee to finish the trip.
Once again getting bailed out by his offense, Tim Lincecum did little to raise our hopes with a disastrous 4 run first inning. At least he doesn't make you wait long to see if the "old Timmy" has returned. Sure, he settled down and (let's say it all together) IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE. Five innings , 4 earned runs. That is totally #5 starter stuff, and, let's face it, that's exactly where Tim is headed. If Zito and Vogelsong keep up what they are doing, Tim becomes our fifth starter; the guy who loses his turn whenever possible. I suppose he might be considered a very good #5 guy, but still... It makes me very sad.
Tip o' the cap to Nick Noonan! Dude is making the most of his opportunity with 6 hits in hits first 12 AB's. Sure, he's getting some breaks, but he does seem to have a nice level swing that should deliver a lot of line drives.