You didn't really think that Tim Lincecum would make it easy in his 2013 debut, did you? Well, he didn't. But he won ( something he failed to do much of last year ), and that is all that counts. The Giants took the rubber match over the much ballyhooed doggers, 5-3, and we can now officially say we are off to a "good start."
Tim's performance sure did nothing to address any of last year's demons. Quality start? Who am I kidding. Five innings, three of which were nightmarish. Get used to Timmeh's games featuring the ENTIRE bullpen. To be fair, he didn't give up an earned run, and that is ALWAYS a good thing. Command? Yeah, right. Seven walks says it all. First inning woes? Could have been way worse, but the gratuitous run was coughed up. Actually, "could have been way worse" pretty well sums up the whole night for Tim. Not inspirational, but it worked. Except for his RBI groundout, that was a little inspirational. Good AB, Tim.
Good night for some offensive highlights! Pablo Sandoval hit the first Giant homer of the season with a tomahawk job off Josh Beckett. Hunter Pence followed that with a beautiful opposite field shot. Exactly the type of hit that we all dreamed he would deliver. However, my favorite hit of the night was the first extra base hit of the season, a two strike double by Brandon Crawford that led to our first couple runs. He may be the offensive surprise of the year.
New guy Chad Gaudin looked strong in some very high leverage situations. His last pitch to sit down Matt Kemp was big time NASTY. We may have two or three guys that can handle the eighth inning responsibility. Sweeeeeet.
The dogger defense looked stanky. I sure hope that is a season long problem for them.