Again, Tim Lincecum.
The team’s beloved ace pitched like, well, his title and went 7.0 innings. Lincecum gave up 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out 10. 0 runs were given up. The Freak is good, perhaps even great.
Then, it was up to the offense to try and score runs. And with the way the offense has been as of late, that was a tough thing to have hope in.
And would you look at that? They actually did! Jeff Keppinger hit a solo home run in the first inning. In the top of the fifth inning, Nate Schierholtz led off with a double, advancing to 3B on an error by Logan Morrison. Schierholtz wound up scoring on a wild pitch one out later, with Aaron Rowand at bat.
The third run scored in the top of the sixth, with two out. Cody Ross had led off the inning with a single, then advanced to 2B on a wild pitch. It looked as though Ross was going to be another RISP stranded. But fear not, as … Aubrey Huff hit a double to drive in the run and ensuring that the newly called up (again) Brandon Belt will sit on the bench for yet another day.
In closing, Tim Lincecum.