By Connor Buestad
In case you were wondering how bright the competitive fire burns within Giants’ starting pitcher Tim Lincecum, watch him sit in the dugout after he is taken out of a game. The television cameras always seem to focus in on him, and it is great theatre, really. As Timmy looks out onto the diamond, it is clear that the guy lives and dies on every pitch.
Friday night was no different. Lincecum left the game with a 6-3 lead, two runners on, and no out. Instead of hitting the showers or icing down his million dollar arm, he did what he usually does, remain in the dugout and grind out every pitch from the sidelines.
Due to a combination of walks, clutch hitting, and old fashioned mistakes the Giants’ bullpen lost the lead and eventually the game, leaving Lincecum with a no decision. Instead of evening the series heading into Saturday, the Giants can only hope for a split in this four game series. Did I mention the Mets will trot out Johan Santana to the mound to face the Giants today? The Giants will counter with the Big Unit.