The Stat Line of the Night – 10/7/10 – Tim Lincecum
It wasn’t a no-hitter but it was almost as dominant a performance. Tim Lincecum blew away the Braves hitters all night en route to a 1-0 shutout victory.
Just like Roy Halladay two days ago, Lincecum was making his first-ever postseason start. Apparently he likes it very much. Lincecum pitched a two-hitter and struck out 14, befuddling the Braves to no end. His 14 K’s are tied for the 3rd most in MLB history in a postseason shutout, and it tied a record for a postseason debut. He is now just the 12th pitcher with 14 or more strikeouts in a postseason game.
The Giants needed the dominance of Lincecum as they managed just one run, and a questionable one at that. Cody Ross singled home Buster Posey in the fourth inning. But that was after Posey was called safe following an attempt to steal second, a play many considered to be a blown call.
That’s irrelevant now. Lincecum’s 2-hit shutout gives the Giants a 1-0 lead in the series and he did it on 119 pitches. So if the Giants need him again in this series he’ll still be fresh. Sound good, Braves fans? Tim Lincecum has The Stat Line of the Night for 10/7/10.