Tim Lincecum Gets Back On Track
During a few of his starts towards the end of May, Tim Linceucm was not himself. He put together a 3-start stretch in which he failed to complete 6 innings, and losing 2 of those 3 games in the process. However, any concern that arouse with Lincecum's struggles in May have been pretty much wiped away as he's had a much more "Lincecum" type of month this June.
His most recent start Wednesday, clinched the series victory for the Giants over the Orioles, and Lincecum was absolutely dealing. The Giants bench got a slight scare though in the 6th inning when Migeul Tejada comeback liner nailed Lincecum right on the back-side of his throwing shoulder. The ball ricocheted right to Freddy Sanchez who threw Tejada out at first which ended the 6th inning, and Lincecum didn't come out for the 7th. His pitch count was high though the 6th inning was going to be his final inning regardless, but I'm just curious as to what would have happened with him had it occurred in the 4th inning instead? Timmy got the win though, and really was in a grove for most of the afternoon. He struck out 10 Oriole hitters, his highest total since May 4th and now is riding a modest 2-game winning streak, but he'll take it. Prior to this personal 2-game win streak, Lincecum had just 1 victory since April.
The Giants' other ace, Matt Cain, continues to do no wrong. With the arrival of Steven Strasburgh and the brilliance of Ubaldo Jimenez, Matt Cain has flown under the radar, so to speak. Cain has put together a 4-game winning streak in which he's posted video game type numbers. In those 4 games, Cain had 2 complete game shutouts to go with a 7 and 8 inning start in which he allowed just one run each. His CG shutout vs. the Diamondbacks on May 29th was nearly a perfect game. The only baserunner the D-Backs put on all day was on a 2-out double by Mark Reynolds in the 2nd inning, that wasn't even hit all that well. It's amazing to think that Cain and Lincecum are still just in their mid-20's and are just about to enter their prime. They still haven't even learned 1/2 of what they'll know by the time they're 30. Even Jonathan Sanchez has really come into his own this year. I was expecting Sanchez to step up his game this year, but not quite to the 2.78 era, 1.15 WHIP and nearly 1 K per inning level that he's currently at. He's always had the potential to be this good, and at 27, he's finally realized it. The Giants will only be able to keep these guys together for so long. So enjoy this while you can.
Giants Vs. Jays: The Giants lost game one of a three game set with the Blue Jays Friday night. Barry Zito was again nails, but Edwin Encarnacion got to him a few times and single-handedly beat the Giants and Zito, 3-2. Aubrey Huff had another 2 hits to raise his average to .309 and Pablo Sandoval drove in the Giants only 2 runs. If your keeping tabs, former Giant Fred Lewis went 0-4 with a K. On Saturday, Matt Cain looks to extend his win streak as he goes against Jesse Litsch.