Centimeters To Inches

October 8, 2010 by staff 

Centimeters To Inches, Dominant. That’s the only way to describe Lincecum postseason debut, and yet, it is possible that short-changed.

Lincecum struck out a record 14 batters, one was from San Francisco.

It is a curious thing to “ace” making its debut in the playoffs. You never know what’s going to get. I remember going to debut in the playoffs Jake Peavy in San Diego and was beaten hard … so I always wonder how you will exit. You probably could not have dreamed Lincecum started much better though.

Tiny Tim seemed a bit Amp’d to exit the game, its location a little off … but once installed, was installed in Lincecum threw his masterpiece complete game allowing only two hits, a double-double and Brian McCann later in the game. That’s it. You knew that if the Giants could plate a run or two, it was over.

And the board did a career. One pass (surprise). And even then the race was not without the help of both referees and the Atlanta Braves defense irregular.

With a full count and Buster Posey first, Bruce Bochy opted to throw a punch and punch likely run with Pat Burrell at the plate. By the way, there would have been my first choice for a tandem hit and run, but unfortunately, Bochy was at least trying to avoid the double play almost automatic with Derek Lowe on the hill. Burrell swung and missed on a field in the interior, on strike, while Buster Posey was ejected in a bang bang play / in the second. Or was it? Well, according to the referee … I was safe. Replays clearly showed the label to be placed before the feet hit the second baseman Posey however. Needless to say, the Giants caught a break and in this type of play is clearly enhanced.

The Braves chose to intentionally walk Pablo Sandoval (for reasons I’m not aware of … I thought it was really stupid) that seemed horrible in his first at-bat. Despite their good career numbers against Derek Lowe, Sandoval looked beyond lost in his first appearance at the plate … so the intentional pass was pretty shocking. Leaving Cody Ross, who quickly worked on a count of solid shots and smoked a grounder to third base. Somehow, squeaked past Omar Infante (we’re talking inches, not inches) that allows Buster Posey to score from second. N Infante light, but if it was Chipper Jones or “regular” hot corner, which gobble up the ball. But as I said in the preview, injuries could very well go after the Braves and clearly they did tonight.

Giants go for the remote 2-0 series lead tonight, while the Braves try to go home happy with a split.

I should also note, projects the Game 2 starter for the Braves, Tommy Hanson, took a foul ball off his eye the night before the PA and immediately went to the locker room. I * think * it would have on the mound tonight, but …. We’ll see.

Fastball Frisco has an unexpected outsider coming this weekend, so let’s resume the talk giant after Game 3.

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