Lincecum gets super freaky as the Giants salvage a game

Tim Lincecum was fantastic on Sunday, pitching 7 and 2/3 innings and allowing just one run in a 3-1 Giants win over the Phillies.  The Giants hit two sac flies in the game along with a Chris Stewart RBI single to supply their offense. The Phillies were befuddled by Lincecum the entire game. as he struck out five including Ryan Howard three times.  The Phillies brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth off of Brian Wilson, but Jimmy Rollins grounded out to end the game.  Roy Oswalt made his first  start since June 27th, going six innings. He allowed twelve hits and three earned runs.  He struck out four and his fastball velocity was around 91-92.  The Phillies head south as they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three game set beginning Monday.  The Giants continue their home stand with a three game series against the free-falling Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Giants seemed to have figured out Roy Oswalt in the second inning after Pablo Sandoval hit a lead off single. Oswalt got Aubrey Huff to ground into a double play, but then allowed a ground rule double and a walk.  With two runners on, Oswalt bared down and got Chris Stewart to pop up to end the threat.  The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the third when Chase Utley singled home Roy Oswalt with two out. The Giants tied the score in the fourth inning when Chris Stewart hit a one out RBI single.  They could have tacked on more, but Carlos Ruiz made great play on an attempted squeeze bunt by Tim Lincecum. Ruiz picked up the ball a few feet from home, turned around, and dove to tag out Aubrey Huff sliding home.  The Giants scrapped across two more runs in the next two innings via Orlando Cabrera  and Jeff Keppinger sac flies.  The Phillies had their best chance to score  in the eight inning when Raul Ibanez came to the plate with runners on first and third with two out.  Ibanez hit a fly ball to left that got Aaron Rowand turned around, but Rowand made an adjustment to make the grab. Giants’ closer Brian Wilson allowed the tying run to come to the plate when he allowed a two out double to Ben Francisco. (yes, he’s still alive) Unfortunately, Rollins grounded out to end the game, thus allowing the Giants not to be swept.

Notes:

– Can’t be mad about today, Incredible road trip so far.

– I’m happy with Oswalt’s FB velocity. However, it’s safe to say his command was a little off.

– I wonder if Utley hit Jonathan Sanchez with his bat if he would have went out to apologize. I doubt it.

-I’m shocked Ben Francisco got a hit.

– The Braves won today, making the lead for the Phillies in the division 8.5 games.  Interesting fact- The Braves have two players with 20 + game hitting streaks. Freddie Freeman doesn’t surprise me. Baby Gap Dan Uggla does surprise me.  Uggla is half way to Joe DiMaggio.

Tim Lincecum today was super freaky. His nickname is the Freak. Get it? I know, I'm better than that, but let's be honest, when am I ever going to get to use this picture again?

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