The ugly five game losing streak finally ended as the Giants won a close one, 5-4, in the sad, half empty confines of the Phillies' Citizens Bank Park. Homers were the key to this one and we did a little bit better in that regard as Buster Posey's seventh inning solo shot was the difference.
Tim Lincecum was the winner (6-3) but it would be a stretch to say that he pitched well. It is, however, safe to say that he was considerably better than Jerome Williams and that is all that mattered in the end. Tim survived 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on five hits (including 2 more homers) and 2 walks. It did not start well as he gave the ridiculously anemic Phillies a 3-1 lead after the first 2 innings. During that time, Tim threw a couple of the lamest pitches you will ever see. The first was a fattie to Ryan Howard (literally the only power threat and there was a base open!) that he crushed for a homer. Then an inning later, Tim gave up a RBI double to Williams, of all people. He did finally settle in and get through a few more innings but it was another painful outing. No fastball command. How many times have we seen that in the last few years?
Fortunately on this night the opponent was really no match. The once mighty Phillies look amazingly weak, especially in comparison to the impressive Pirates. Utley is barely above .200 for goodness sake! Mortality is a bitch, isn't it? It will be very disappointing if we don't get a least one more from these guys, especially with MadBum going tomorrow.
POG: Matt Duffy gets the nod tonight with a couple hits (including a sweet opposite field shot to their tiny right center field porch) and a nice grab out of the stands. Justin Maxwell stepped in admirablely for the injured Pence as well. His 2 run homer tied it in the fourth. Just as a note: McGehee returned (for some odd reason) and struck out as a pinch hitter.