Or maybe that should be: the GIANTS are as Timmy does. Because the last several games, the GIANTS starting pitchers have been giving the team some good outings. That certainly includes Tim Lincecum. The thing is, behind Lincecum, they are different. They score runs, they make great defensive plays, they win games. Oh, I’m not complaining–far from it–but it does give you pause, doesn’t it?
Timmy pitched a great game last night. He went 7 innings giving up only 3 hits, NO runs, 2 walks, while striking out 6. He has, to date, pitched 27 scoreless innings. The bullpen finished it off with 2 more scoreless innings. There were 2 amazing defensive plays in the 3rd that kept Arizona from getting on base. The 1st hitter popped up a fly ball in short left and Morse ran so far and so fast–Beast Mode style–he damn near rolled over the Panda. But he caught the ball. With the 3rd hitter, Timmy covered 1st and had to jump high to reach the throw. He came down, ball in hand, on the bag and rolled out of the hitter’s way. I called that play Freak Mode.
The offense got the party started right away. In the bottom of the 1st, Belt got a base hit and Sandoval followed with a 2 run HR. In the 2nd inning, Colvin hit a single, advanced to 2nd when Panik drew a walk, and scored on Crawford’s RBI single. After the walk, Panik advanced to 3rd on Crawford’s hit, and Timmy plated him with the perfect SAC bunt. Pence led-off the 5th with a base hit, advanced to 3rd on Belt’s single and came home on Sandoval’s RBI double.
You notice I didn’t mention the runs scored by Arizona? That’s because there weren’t any. None. Zero. Zip. Nada. Niente. A big, fat g00se egg. The GIANTS shut them out. Work with me here, I’m celebrating. The shoe feels so much better on the other foot, doesn’t it? The final score was:
GIANTS 5, DBacks 0
Put that in your book.