Sunday, April 21, 2013

I remember that guy!

Ok, so it was a twilight game for most of tonight's vic over the Padres, who aren't exactly going to make anyone forget the 1927 Yankees, but that was the real deal out on the hill tonight -- vintage Tim Lincecum.

I was fortunate enough to be in Section 119 tonight. The Padres never looked comfortable. Once Pablo went yard in the 4th, Tim got through the next two innings easily before being pulled with two out in the 7th. Here's part of Chris Haft's recap for --


Lincecum entered the game with a 5.73 ERA, a figure inflated mostly by his vulnerability to big innings. He allowed four or more runs in two of his previous three starts, continuing a pattern he established during his stunningly subpar 2012 season.
This time, Lincecum's excellence arrested the Padres' bats immediately and never loosened its grip. He struck out at least one hitter in each inning but the seventh. Collaborating with catcher Buster Posey for the first time this season, Lincecum walked two Padres, contrasting with the 12 free passes he issued in 16 innings this year.
Lincecum indicated that he felt loose and natural on the mound before the 41,995 patrons who witnessed his mastery.
"It kind of goes back to easing things up when you throw the pitch and visualizing what you want to do with it," he said. "That's kind of what I went through today -- purpose. Every pitch has a meaning to it."
Indeed, Giants manager Bruce Bochy thought that Lincecum (2-0) looked more "determined" and "focused" than usual. That was particularly evident in the third inning, when San Diego loaded the bases with two outs. In previous outings, Lincecum might have lapsed. Instead, he induced Chase Headley, San Diego's best hitter, to ground out to second base on a 3-1 fastball.
"I'm thinking, I'm not going to walk this guy," Lincecum said. "I have to challenge this guy. Be aggressive. And that's what I was thinking all day. I'm not going to try to nitpick around with these guys like I have in the past."
That began a stretch in which Lincecum retired seven consecutive Padres and 10 of 11 through the end of the sixth inning. Except for right fielder Hunter Pence's running catch of Yonder Alonso's fourth-inning drive, which likely prevented a triple, Lincecum required little defensive assistance.
"I thought his split-finger was as good as I've seen in a while," Headley said. "He was getting in spots where there wasn't damage to be done."


Blogger pygalgia said...

One thing I noticed while watching Posey catching Lincecum is that Buster frames pitches really well, getting strike calls on the edges of the zone. Hector doesn't look to do that as well. I'd like to see Buster catching Tim for the next few games to see if that makes a difference.

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