It’s strange to see a victory from Lincecum in which he does not notch at least five strikeouts. He didn’t need them, though, as the defense gobbled up everything hit their way.
Pablo Sandoval came up with the play of the night in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, A.J. Pollock hit a seed that looked like it would zip down the line for extra bases and at least two runs. A spectacular dive by the Panda took care of that.
For Lincecum, this was a start that he sorely needed. With contract negotiations on the horizon, he needs to string together a few more strong performances. His fastball had extra zip tonight and his secondary performances were all working beautifully. If he can show this consistently, big money could be in store.
Angel Pagan returned to the lineup after being out since May 25. His leadoff double in the first that resulted in him scoring on a Brandon Belt sacrifice fly was all the offense the Giants mustered up tonight. Fortunately for them, it was all they would need.
The Giants’ season is all but over but this game in particular showed a lot of promise for the future of the team. The Giants, and Tim Lincecum in particular, must build on this win.