Tim Lincecum and the brilliant relief corps held the talented Brave lineup in check as Angel Pagan and Mike, er sorry...Michael Morse supplied the "dingers du jour" for a nifty 2-1 victory. This tightly played game smacked of a (dare I say it?) play-off preview. It is also a fabulous way to start the gnarliest road trip of the early season.
Start #6 WIN! (2-1, 5.12) 6 innings 6 hits 1runs 1 earned 3 walks 4 strikeouts 0 hr
He made not have had his best stuff of the early season, but Timmeh found a way to wriggle out of each tricky spot and deliver one of his better starts so far. Sure, he gave up a few baserunners ( I bemoaned Lincecum's WHIP problem in my last post) but he never gave up the big hit. It was totally solid, not dominating but tough when he needed to be. If this is the new Tim quality start ... I can definitely live with it.
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DingerLoveFest 2014 continues! Angel Pagan hit another lead-off jack and Morse smacked a ridiculous opposite field deep fly and THAT WAS IT. We no longer know how to score without a home run. Well, not quite, but it sometimes feels that way. What can I say? It worked tonight.
Brandon Crawford made another sweet play late in the game. It was especially nice for him to do that in Atlanta where they think they have the best defensive SS, Andrelton Simmons. Both these guys will be around for quite a while, probably on these teams. After all, you don't give up those kinds of gloves.
Good start to the first tough road trip of the year! Let's see if we can't grab this series tomorrow. Granted, a tough match-up, but Vogie may very well be in a good mode. The team, as a whole, sure is. Go Giants!