Well where do I start?
1st inning & Tim started strong. Firing out those 91-93 mph two-seamers with movement. Buster Posey was getting a workout trying to catch some of those sons of bitches. & Tim kept dealing with change-ups & sliders that made me whistle. No but seriously the specialty pitches were pretty legit & crisp most of the night.
& then the 2nd inning. & the 2nd inning looked iffy in parts. 1-0 counts turned into 3-0 counts turned into walks. Strikes turned into balls & then there were more balls thrown than strikes throne. Great defense really bailed Tim out thru some tricky situations. Pablo made some excellent catches. There was that double play that was turned. Tim was grateful for the support.
I thought the 2nd inning was going to be that ONE inning, the one trouble inning. But it actually turned out to be the 3rd. With a shitload of 1-0 counts. & balls started hanging middle-in to sweet spots. Runs came in. The command was not the same as the beginning of the start, & obviously not the previous start. Stuff was sloppy. Stuff was missing. Stuff was just going everywhere & making me really frustrated because the inning started to drag into infinity & the pitch count started to get ridiculous.
But then the rest of the outing happened. & Tim settled down. Of course Tim wasn’t perfect. Curves & specialty pitches still hung up or bounced in every now & again, especially in the 4th, but he got into a nice rhythm. & he stayed in that rhythm. 1-0 counts turned into 0-1 counts. & those converted into swinging-epic strikeouts. 1 pitch outs started to become more commonplace. The pitch count dropped to more manageable figures. Nasty stuff didn’t just fly out of Tim’s hand without a proper direction; Tim was in control.
& the rest of the outing was nice. It was something for Tim to be proud of. Especially that last strikeout where you CHANGED THAT SHIT UP & sent that fucker back to the dugout. NASTY shit was had.
Tim kept the team in the game. It stayed a 1-run game for most of the game. But it just didn’t happen. & that happens. Tim shouldn’t beat himself up too much. Yes the 2nd & 3rd were dicey, but he pulled himself out of that funk & moved on. & scraped together a pretty solid outing. & pretty solid outings are good. & close game loses are just inevitable & it happens even when the best of pitchers step onto the mound.
tim totally won because of like the day because like that’s liek the only reason omg 4/20 tho tim gets his powers from the substances AHA, SON
No. I usually go inning by inning for analyses [lol can I even call these that tho], but the innings were consistent. A lot of them were much of the same, but with varying pitches per inning. It got a bit dicey during a bases loaded 3rd… but for some reason… I didn’t feel antsy @ all. I knew that the stakes were high… but the tone of the game relaxed me.
Because in the first time in a long time… the tone of the game was about FOCUS. CONTROL. COMMAND. UTTER FUCKING DOMINANCE. Fastballs were whizzing to all the corners from the start of the outing to the end of the outing. He mixed up speeds [going as low as 88], but Tim really kept it in the 92 mph range. & it was filthy. The fastball hasn’t been so alive & as CRISP like that in a long time. Just every corner hit for tons of 0-1, 0-2 counts. It was beautiful.
But not even as filthy as the specialty pitches. The change up. The FUCKING CHANGE UP. Some of the nastiest shit I’ve seen in a while. & I just have to swear because I’m that excited because that pitch was so masterful tonight. Like during the game I was just whistling after strike outs & laughing @ batters swinging like buffoons [he made grown men look goddamn silly tonight & that’s fabulous] - stuff that I’m used to doing during Tim Lincecum outings. I wasn’t depressed. I wasn’t screaming into a pillow. I wasn’t swearing up a storm on my personal tumblr feeling my soul leave my body. I was HAPPY. Because it was just… it was just a great thing for Tim. & I’m sure he feels great about this, too.
Of course it’s only one start… but this is just a great step in the right direction. I’d like to hope that Buster will catch Tim a lot more this season [my god he called one hell of a game], but we’ll just have to wait & see. I don’t make the lineups. I’m not sure how much we can attribute today’s dominance to Posey… but I’d like to think that this played a factor.
& omg the weed tho he gotta smoke before all the outings.
& even if toward the end of the outing stuff started to bounce & wasn’t as crisp… it’s been a while since we’ve seen a sustainable Tim through 6+ innings. Actually thru the wind-up & the stretch & that is a HUGE thing today. During late 2011, most of 2012, there’s been this disconnect between wind-up!Tim & stretch!Tim. Wind-up!Tim will usually bring the filth & / or the heat, & then stretch!Tim usually dissolves into nothing & gets pulled. There was no difference. It was seamless. It was classic!Tim. It was good!Tim.
So yeah I liked that. I’d like another. I’d like the whole season to be like that.
oh my tim lincecum is starting today
oh wow & it’s the 4/20 with the pot & the smoking & the pot jokes & the tim lincecum with the smoking with the pot & the marijuana & the 4/20 & the smoking & the stoner & the pot & the puffing & the passing did i do the joke did i do the thing