The Stat Line Of The Night — 6/23/11 — Tim Lincecum
Thus far the 2011 MLB season has been a disappointment for Tim Lincecum by his standards. He entered last night’s game against the surging Minnesota Twins with a 5-6 record and a 3.39 ERA, which is very un-Lincecum-like, but he improved upon both of those stats with a Lincecum-like performance.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner was on his game, allowing only three hits, two walks and zero runs over seven innings, while striking out a total of 12 batters. With his pitch-count at 109 heading into the eighth inning, Giants manager Bruce Bochy decided to turn to the bullpen. They would give up a run, but the Giants held on for the 2-1 victory as Lincicum got his much-deserved win.
The Giants continue to boast one of the worst offenses in the league, but that hasn’t stopped them from climbing to within half a game of top spot in the NL West. Much of that has to do with their excellent starting rotation, which includes the likes of Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez and Ryan Vogelsong. And how could we forget to mention Lincecum? He earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Thursday, June 23, 2011.