If 27 straight batters retired is a perfect game, wouldn't that make 27 straight scoreless innings a PERFECT SERIES ??!!?? Hell yeah!! Does it get any better than this??? I think not. Let's go over some of the details of today's excellent 3-0 victory and all the associated joy, shall we?
1) We are in FIRST PLACE. The season is effectively reset and the ridiculous dogger wonder start is a thing of the past. The doggers are obviously crippled and Arizona lost their ace ( Daniel Hudson ) for the year, so the race is looking very Giants friendly at the moment.
2) Tim Lincecum may very well have refound his "freak." Today was his best start of the season ( game score 75 ) and his second consecutive quality start. The only extra base hit was by Chad Billingsley and
he was stranded at third, which, by the way, was the only smog sucker to get that far all series long. Tim seemed to have all his pitches working. He certainly had movement; sometimes too much. Hector Sanchez, catching Lincecum for the second straight game, took a beating trying to block some crazy pitches in the dirt. Tim unleashed two more more wild pitches, which gives him 9 for the season. One of them lead to a collision at the plate with Timmeh taking the hit but getting a generous call. I sure wish he would quit doing that.
3) We are in FIRST PLACE.
4) Our starters are quietly doing one of those crazy things again. That makes one earned run allowed in the last 31 innings. They all (even Beezy sometimes) seem ready to rip off a brilliant performance. When Tim gets back up to full speed, which may well be right now, our rotation takes on intimidating proprotions.
5) Making history is way cool. Today is not as sweet as Matt's perfection, of course, but doing this beautiful thing, THREE CONSECUTIVE SHUTOUTS OVER THE doggers, is as gratifying as it gets. I mean it warms my heart. We put up with a lot of crap, you know, all that "torture" and Tim's tough spell. We deserved this. I will sleep well tonight.
Oh, and, of course, 6)
WE ARE IN FIRST PLACE !!