Start # 28 Win !!! (8-14) 6.1 innings (111 pitches) 4 hits 2 runs 3 walks 7 strikeouts
Boosted by FNG Xavier Nady, Tim Lincecum pitched one of his better games of the second half to defeat the inept Chicago Cubs, 5-2. The X-Man delivered a clutch 3 RBI double in his first AB as a Giant...which , actually didn't come as that big of a surprise since he is a CAL MAN. Welcome aboard, Xavier. We will need many heroes to accomplish this crazy dream; you certainly look ready for the task!
About Tim...Maybe it wasn't Big Time Timmy Jim, but it wasn't too far off. He had some nasty stuff fo' sure. He really only gave up two well hit balls ( and the homer was right down the right field line at Wrigley, which is about as short as it gets ). His biggest problem tonight was with the pitch count, but let's face it, that's a nice problem compared to napalm innings which have led to that ridiculous 5.21 ERA. Is he ever going to get that ugly-thang below FIVE?
The good: My favorite moments ( besides the Nady double ) were : 1) a lovely throw by Hector Sanchez to nail a would-be base stealer. It was a perfect strike FROM HIS KNEES! Truly a thing of beauty. And 2) the four pitches (all strikes) from Javier Lopez to lock down the eighth. He even gave up a single on the first pitch!
Oh yeah, that kid named Buster is pretty damn good too. He's hitting a crisp .330 right now. Are we talking MVP, or what?