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Tim Lincecum, with his we-swear-it’s-not-glued-on mustache, already looks like he’s wearing a disguise.
He added thick glasses and a paunch on Saturday, stuffing his baggy, flannel 1946 throwback jersey and wedging a hand in his waistline before waddling onto the field to exchange the Giants’ lineup card on Saturday.
Then Lincecum’s imitation of Giants manager Bruce Bochy went from hilarious to highly accurate. He put his head down and broke into a jog back to the dugout, perfectly imitating the old catcher’s knock-kneed gait. The real Bochy laughed heartily.
As pranks go, Lincecum hit this one out of the park.
Then the Giants did more of the same, hitting three solo home runs to back a battling Ryan Vogelsong as they took a 3-1 victory at Turner Field.
The Giants have never swept a series in the house that Ted built. Their last three-game sweep here came in 1988, at old Fulton County Stadium. And with the stunning news that the Braves will tear down this perfectly good stadium and move to a sweetheart setup in suburban Cobb County, this is probably the Giants’ last chance to hoist a broom in Turner Field.
They’ll have Madison Bumgarner on the mound to try for it. And perhaps they’ll even find a way to score other than a bases-empty blast.
Amazingly, all five runs in their two victories here have come on solo shots. One day after Angel Pagan and Michael Morse went deep, it was Brandon Belt who homered – followed by Buster Posey’s tiebreaking shot and another from Morse to give the Giants a bit of breathing room.
Vogelsong made it hold up by doing exactly what Lincecum did the previous day: Pitching through traffic, executing in the stretch and getting a bit fortunate when a rare mistake got fouled back. They are the Giants’ Nos. 4-5 starters. They don’t have to pitch three-hit shutouts. What they’ve done the past two nights is good enough – especially when Brandon Crawford and Pablo Sandoval are taking away hits and Buster Posey is throwing out runners.
Now it’s up to their ace, Bumgarner, to pitch like one following his most erratic start of the season.
Giants starters have turned in quality outings in seven of their last 10 games, with a 2.80 ERA. That’s the surest way to sustain winning streaks – and to create a loose, laughing dugout.