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Tim Lincecum provides steady relief as Giants win 8-3 and force NLDS to Game 5

Oct 10, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

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The Giants looked to be in big trouble when starter Barry Zito allowed three walks and a single in the first inning of Wednesday’s NLDS Game 4 vs. the Reds and a home run to Ryan Ludwick in the third.

But the fellas in the gray “San Francisco” jerseys were the ones sharing handshakes on the field in Cincinnati once the evening was through.

George Kontos and Jose Mijares kept the dangerous Reds offense from inflicting anymore damage when Zito was pulled in the bottom of the third inning, then Tim Lincecum entered in the bottom of the fourth and delivered 4 1/3 frames of one-run ball while fanning six Reds batters, walking none and surrendering just two hits.

It was Lincecum’s second relief appearance of this 2012 postseason, and he was absolutely terrific. The 28-year-old right-hander tossed 42 of his 55 pitches for strikes, looking like a reborn pitcher after registering a career-high 5.18 ERA and 1.47 WHIP over 186 dismal innings during the regular season.

This wacky NLDS was led by the Reds 2-0 just two days ago. And now it’s suddenly 2-2.

Game 5 on Thursday will feature Cincy’s Mat Latos against Giants ace Matt Cain. It should be great.

  1. sailcat54 - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    It’s a one game decision now, guys. The Giants have momentum,. talent, desire, and focus. Never mind what happened two or three games ago…or even yesterday…the boys in Black and Orange are driving to a win tomorrow and they will take it all the way. Read ‘em and weep.

    • savvybynature - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM

      Your hubris shall receive a proper response tomorrow afternoon.

  2. skerney - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Dusty gonna Dusty. Later, Cincy!

  3. t3dstrik3r - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    How can Timmy be so effective after the season he had? Especially out of the bullpen, when he can’t be real comfortable in such situations. I kept thinking all year that he would shake things off and turn things around. But it just didn’t happen. Now it happens when everyone thinks it won’t. Strange game.

    • ajcardsfan - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      Anybody can have a rough season, and Tim had a few nice starts through out the season.

  4. franklinandbashandflorio - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:14 AM

    Well, at least The Braves and Indians lost this year!

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