An early offensive outburst (4 runs, oh my!) was just barely enough as the Giants beat the puds, 4-3, and avoided the series sweep. Tim Lincecum delivered his first quality start (barely) and a rested Buster Posey did the rest with a homer and a couple fine defensive plays. Sure, we only got three frigging hits, but WE WON and that's all that really matters.
Start #4 W (1-1, 6.43) 6+ innings 7 hits 3 runs 3 earned 3 walks 7 strikeouts 1 hr
Timmeh saw the seventh inning - to throw one juicy home run pitch and get pulled - but, STILL, he SAW the seventh inning. That is a very good thing, not the homer (#6 this year) but lasting a little longer into the game, getting that "quality" label. If we can keep our bullpen (obviously the team strength at this point) a little fresher, then that will mean big things later this summer. So, good job, Tim. You stopped a three game losing streak with grit and guile and just enough help from your friends.
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The big play of this game was the third successful instant replay challenge by Bochy this season. This time the ump missed a beautiful sweep tag at home by Buster. I can honestly say I have never seen a catcher better at that particular skill in all my days. Buster immediately started to argue the call so I figured we had it even before any replay was shown. The overturned call erased a run for the puds and ended the inning; it was HUGE. Just shows you another way Buster wins games for us.