Saturday, August 29, 2009
Starting pitcher JC Parsons
Triskaidekaphobia has been cured!!!
In a game that smacked of postseason tension, Tim Lincecum tamed the wild card leading Crockies. Even without being razor sharp, Tim ground out 8 scoreless innings and gave up a paltry 4 hits (1 double). His EIGHT STRIKEOUTS more than made up for the three walks and one wild pitch. I believe they only had three runners in scoring position all night (we, of course, went 2 for gazillion). The biggest moment came with the first batter of the sixth inning, Seth Smith. This was the guy that beat Tim with a HR last time around. I hate this guy. After TWELVE pitches, it was clear that Smith could get a piece of anything Tim could toss up there. Most of us know that these extended at bats usually favor the hitter. Well, that rule doesn't apply to future Hall of Famers. On the THIRTEENTH pitch, Smith looked at a perfect strike on the corner. A few outs later, the Giants have gained a game on both Colorado and lalaland AND ITS FEELING LIKE A RACE AGAIN.
Unlike my esteemed colleague MOC, I actually do think this team can do it. I am just as shocked that we are even in it but where I differ is that I do think an ALL PITCHING team might be able to do it. Its all a matter of timing (and luck??). We have our ups and downs, nothing very dramatic; good pitching doesn't allow long losing streaks...a great May, everything else OK. I feel like we are poised to have another great month...and by great I mean superbly pitched. After all, you will almost always win when you throw a shutout!
Once Beezy and Matt are done working this weekend, I think you will all be believers. I bet we only need about 5 runs to win the next two games...any takers?
One other thing...there is no such thing as luck to Tim Lincecum.