Tim Lincecum and his fellow Giants did very little to disrupt the love fest at PNC Park today as the Pirates rolled to an 8-2 victory. The 2011 number one draft pick, Gerrit Cole, made his ML debut and energized the home crowd. Not only did he pitch well (6.1 innings, 2 runs), but the phenom delivered the killing blow with a 2 rbi single. They got all the big hits and made all the big plays. Jeez, I told you it was a love fest. Pittsburgh is now 38-26 and that looks like it is no fluke.
Tim is now 4-6 and that also doesn't look like a fluke. Wasn't it just a little while ago when Tim was our phenom? Now we don't even really expect a quality start. Tonight was his second shortest outing of the season (4.2 innings), yet it seemed all too familiar. Sure enough, Lincecum has lasted 5 or fewer innings in 6 of his 13 starts. Nothing more than seven innings this year (5 times) and that doesn't look like it is going to change. Tim is going to strain our bullpen and cause us to use one or two too many relievers. Tonight it was Kontos, 3 runs in 1.1 innings. His ejection for hitting people was sad.
Tim being bad is not the worst news of the evening. Marco Scutaro joins the list of injured starters with a smashed up pinkie, details will come tomorrow but the xrays were negative. His injury looked identical to Ryan Vogelsong's and that put Vogie on the 60 day DL. And now with third baseman Pablo Sandoval (left foot) and center fielder Angel Pagan
(left hamstring) both on the 15-day disabled list, we enter a delicate period. A very scary delicate period.
Can our depth and pitching hold us together? Can we keep it close? Who will step up and fill the voids?