Start #5: Win ! (2-2) 8 innings 1 unearned run 3 hits (all infield!) 4 walks 5 K's
Acting as if he was a grizzled veteran from a few decades ago, our beloved Freak, Tim Lincecum (2-2), pitched a gritty gem (game score 75) as the Giants came back to beat the Padres, 2-1. Timmeh used every thing he had (particularly beautiful curveball tonight) to keep us in a close one against the pesky Anthony Bass. Tim's fastball velocity continues to underwhelm (88-91 mph) but the location was generally good. He finished off the eighth with some of his best pitches, which is classic Tim. I have a very good feeling about next month.
Lots of GOOD: Tim's first hit of the year actually broke up a perfect game after Bass had dumbfounded the first 17 batters. It was of the infield variety but Tim showed some impressive speed down the line. Melky continues to steal my heart; this time with a three slick putout inning and a clutch double to get us started. But the true non-Tim star of the game was Brandon Belt. I was literally telling the monitor that "This is it. This is your moment. You will be the Giants 1B for years."
Sure enough, he heard me and stroked one into the gap. SWEEEEEEET.
Little BAD: The errors continue to mount; two more tonight (should have been three but they inexplicably reversed one on Burriss). That makes 25 in 21 games. Oh yeah, Pablo didn't come close to extending his hit streak. He will just have to start another one.