Giants 6 A's 2
So you were scared that Tim Lincecum lost his stuff?
Shame on you!
Tim Lincecum put on a really good performance last night. Now it wasn't the dominating stuff we are used to seeing from Timmy, but it was close. Timmy pitched 8 innings, gave up 2 runs on 7 hits, and had 7 k's. But his most telling statistic of the night..... 1 BB. That's right after walking 22 batters in his last 5 starts, Timmy only issued 1 free pass. Now, I'll admit, it didn't start off all that promising. Timmy uncorked 2 wild pitches in the first inning with Kevin Kouzmanoff on base. Those led to an early 1-0 lead for the A's.
Based on their last series in Oakland that would have seemed to be enough for the A's to get the win. But these aren't the same Giants. To start the Giants scoring, the newest Giants, Pat Burrell hit a 2 run HR, his first as a Giant, in the third inning. At that point the Giants had already scored more runs than they did all of last series. But the Offense didn't stop there. Buster Posey added a hit and an RBI, Freddy Sanchez had 2 hits and scored a run, Bengie Molina hit a 2 run HR, and Aaron Rowand ..... well Aaron Rowand got a walk to offset his 0 for 3 with 2 K's.
All around it was one of the better games the Giants played this season. They managed to do all of this without Aubrey Huff, who got a routine day off.
Tonight, Barry Zito goes for his team leading 7th win and hopefully pops his cherry against his former team. Ben Sheets will be chuckin the leather tonight for the A's. He's 2-5 with a 4.96 ERA on the season.
Hopefully the Giants keep their hittin' shoes on!
On the farm:
Matt Yourkin improved to 4-1 on the season, Tyler Graham went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs and raised his season average to .421! Eugenio Velez had 2 hits, John Bowker chipped in with a double, and Brock Bond reached base in his 15th consecutive game. The Grizzlies beat Tacoma 8-2 and increased their lead in the PCL to 12.5 games!
In San Jose, the Giants beat Bakersfield 4-0 and righty Craig Westcott ran his record to 4-0. Brandon Belt went 1 for 3 and kept his average at .380. Charles Culberson hit his 8th Homer of the season and drove in 3 runs, accounting for most of the Giants' offense.
Nate had 1 AB and struck out. His season average is .277. Aaron Rowand's is .223. But Bochy would rather play the "hot hand"