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Lincecum fans 14 batters, Giants coast to Game 1 victory

Oct 7, 2010, 11:59 PM EDT

It wasn't a no-hitter, but Tim Lincecum was about as dominant as it gets on Thursday night in San Francisco as the Giants captured Game 1 of the NLDS against the Braves. Racking up a postseason franchise record 14 strikeouts over nine innings of work, the 26-year-old from Bellevue, Washington...

It wasn’t a no-hitter, but Tim Lincecum was about as dominant as it gets on Thursday night in San Francisco as the Giants captured Game 1 of the NLDS by a score of 1-0 over the Braves.

Racking up a postseason franchise record 14 strikeouts over nine innings of work, the 26-year-old from Bellevue, Washington carved through Atlanta’s lineup with ease.  He allowed just two hits — a double to Omar Infante, a double to Brian McCann — and walked only one batter.

Lincecum, the 2008 and 2009 National League Cy Young Award winner, didn’t
have the best 2010 regular season and finished up on September 29 with a
relatively pedestrian 3.43 ERA over 33 starts.  That’s all in the
past now.  Lincecum is still “The Freak,” or “The Franchise,” or whatever you want to call him.

But, again, the umpiring is going to dominate the night’s headlines.  The Giants plated their lone run largely because of a blown stolen base call in the bottom of the fourth inning that put rookie catcher Buster Posey into scoring position and allowed him to cross home plate a few batters later.

Had the right call been made, the game probably would have moved to extra innings at a 0-0 tie and Lincecum surely wouldn’t have gone the distance.

Alas, the Giants boast a 1-0 lead in the five-game series.

  1. Filmter - Oct 8, 2010 at 12:11 AM

    freakish.

  2. nps6724 - Oct 8, 2010 at 12:27 AM

    And the only run came off a stolen base by Posey, who was out. Extra umps sure isn’t helping them lessen the number of incorrect calls.

  3. mkhill12 - Oct 8, 2010 at 12:39 AM

    How are you going to write a 6 paragraph recap of a game and not even mention the score anywhere?

  4. Drew Silva - Oct 8, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    Good call. Thank you.

  5. onemilemore - Oct 8, 2010 at 1:34 AM

    Silva, you’re extremely gracious when people point out mistakes in less than tactful fashion. Thanks for being a man about it.

  6. CriticalCynic - Oct 8, 2010 at 1:45 AM

    Also, both hits were doubles.

  7. Giant Space Ants - Oct 8, 2010 at 2:16 AM

    Also, you used the term “carve” to describe what Lincecum did to the Braves lineup, but according to the dictionary there is no way to properly use the word in that context, unless he literally carved the lineup (into wood or something). And you’re unattractive too Drew. Also adopted.

  8. MerkleBoner - Oct 8, 2010 at 3:53 AM

    If Buster Posey had been called out, an entire butterfly effect would have taken place and the Giants would have probably scored 5 runs. That’s science.

  9. Old Gator - Oct 8, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    Speaking of butterfly effects, I drove all the hell the way up to Muir Woods to see the monarch butterfly migration and there weren’t any yesterday. The park ranger shrugged and said, “it hasn’t been a good year for butterflies.” Aside from not having realized that monarch butterflies were Democrats, I wish to extend this principle as a corollary to sensitive dependence on initial effects (that’s science), known to peons and cultists as “the butterfly effect,” and suggest that (a) a bad year for butterflies probably means the butterfly effect doesn’t work very well out hear, much like logic itself, and that (b) Craig’s diseased karma is much like another great scientific principle, spooky action at a distance (known to real scientists as “entanglement”), and that that’s what the Braves are dealing with.

  10. Old Gator - Oct 8, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    I guess then that it would be inaccurate, according to Webster (if not to Dr. Johnson himself), to say that the Braves looked like a bunch of planaria last night?

  11. BC - Oct 8, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    How the heck is a 1-0 game “coasting”?

  12. BC - Oct 8, 2010 at 8:55 AM

    Gotta love me some James Gleick.

  13. MerkleBoner - Oct 8, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    You obviously haven’t watched much Giants baseball.

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