The sleeping Giant awoke! For one of the only times this season the Giants played an all around excellent ballgame and smacked down the formerly streaking doggers, 6-2. Tim Lincecum pitched a fine game that was supported by a baker's dozen of hits (including a dinger!) and an efficient bullpen. Throw in some shaky LA defense and the sell-out crowd at AT&T had a truly swell time.
Spiffy double plays were a key feature of this game. In fact, Tim got the blue goo to hit into FOUR, which was the most by a Giant pitcher in 13 years. The best of the bunch was a beauty that BCraw started with a dive and perfect flip. It was spectacular and it is getting to where you expect it!
This game had so many highlights that is easy to lose track of the fine job that Tim did. We needed a solid start (hell, we needed EVERYTHING) and he certainly delivered : 6 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts, game score 60. Even though he was a little wild, he kept it down and was rewarded with big double plays. An all around great game, but the clear player of the game was...
Justin Maxwell. When you hit a triple and a homer AND make a magnificent catch, all against the doggers, you definitely deserve the game ball. Congratulations, new guy! We have only won 5 games and Maxwell is largely responsible for two of them. Gee, think he deserves a bit more playing time?
Tomorrow: Bumgarner vs. Kershaw. Does it get any better?