I saw a great pitching effort today. But it wasn't at Fenway.Tim Lincecum above (Cy Dwarf) won his eighteenth game, and had strikeouts for the first nine outs of the game, the first time that has been done since 1986. Amidst chants of "Beat LA" the Giants' ace fanned thirteen as the 24 year old showed why he is one of the top pitchers in the game. 39,167 fans showed up, and Manny sat out with many of the LA regulars.
AT&T Park is truly magnificent, with a great fan environment, terrific sightlines and as my son reminded, a great experience instead of a winnng team. The park footprint must be triple Fenway.
Conor also remarked the Giants were a team where AL players 'went to die'. The Giants' lineup included Rich Aurilia, Benji Molina and Omar Vizquel, and Randy Winn and Dave 'The Steal' Roberts came off the bench. I don't think anyone on the Giants except maybe Molina could start for the Sox. Vizquel's departure in the fifth was met with a terrific standing ovation, as he has played more games than ANY other shortstop.
The Giants fans also cheered the Mets' elimination. Dislike for the New York franchises is near universal.
The Sox played out the string, readying for the playoffs, with Dustin Pedroia likely coming up just a little short for the batting title. Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 18, and let's hope that Jonathan Papelbon got a tough outing out of his system. Moose Mussina got his 20th which might help his HOF candidacy.
The Sox have to beat the Angels one way or another, and does it really matter whether its the ALDS or ALCS?