Sunday, July 5, 2009

Tim Lincecum Runs Your Life

The Pirates dropped their contest to the Marlins last night by the score of 5-3. Here is the recap. Here is the box score.

As I discussed in yesterdays post this game should have been a day game so more people would watch/listen to it. I was not able to catch the game because of festivities so I can only go from the box score. Zach Duke went six innings yielding four runs, all of which were earned. Looking at the box score the Pirates actually played a pretty good game. Delwyn Young, Andy LaRoche, and Robinzon Diaz all had two hits while the pitching staff held the Marlins to hitting 0-8 with runners in scoring position.

The problem last night was getting behind early in the game. This Pirates team is not going to score a ton of runs every night so it is important to keep the game tied as long as possible and score when you can. The Pirates got behind 3-0 and just didn’t have enough.

Another positive sign was Garrett Jones went deep again for his second home run for the Pirates in the seventh inning. Andy LaRoche also has been solid still as I think we might have finally found the answer at third base until Pedro Alverez figures out how not to strike out almost every at bat.

On a side note, I know this is a Pittsburgh blog but this respect has to be paid. Tim Lincecum is just straight dealing right now and might be the best player in baseball outside of Albert Pujols.

Lincecum continued his scoreless streak to 23 innings last night in a 9-0 victory over Houston last night. Lincecum pitched in his 75th start and this is the 14th time that he has allowed no earned runs. What a beast. What would it take to get him in Pittsburgh? For real. Lincecum is now 9-2 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.23. When you throw 107 pitches and 73 of them are strikes then you have a great chance to win. Letting your defense play is how to win. There is so much more you can say about Lincecum and you might be watching the Cy Young winner right now.

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