Lincecum: 'It's great for me personally, but we did lose'
The Giants' last hit with RISP was in the 10th inning on Tuesday, when Hunter Pence singled, and Pablo Sandoval was thrown out by 20 feet at the plate. (AP)
SAN DIEGO -- The Giants didn’t lose because of Tim Lincecum on Friday.
They lost because they couldn’t work deep counts against Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner, and credit the pitcher with much of that.
“He was throwing 97, 98, and he mixed that little sinker he developed,” Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford said after the Padres’ 2-1 victory. “I don’t think he had that last year. He’s tough to time.
[INSTANT REPLAY: Padres 2, Giants 1]
“If he can do that over six innings, he’s probably going to pitch pretty well.”
Still, it has to make Giants manager Bruce Bochy a bit queasy to know that the Giants are 0 for 15 with runners in scoring position over the last two games.
Their last hit with RISP was in the 10th inning on Tuesday, when Hunter Pence singled, Pablo Sandoval was thrown out by 20 feet at the plate and the fans (on KNBR and my Twitter feed, anyway) wanted to roast third base coach Tim Flannery like a haunch of mutton.
Lincecum has allowed three home runs in five starts. But he’s also allowed just two doubles and no triples. That’s one extra-base hit per start – a vast improvement over last year.
As expected, there were many Giants fans on my flight to San Diego. But there also was a familiar face: Former major league umpire and current supervisor Ed Montague, who is in the AT&T Park press box for most Giants home games. I often seek out a chair at his table in the dining room, knowing I’m certain to be entertained by one baseball story after another. Ed is as nice and gracious a person as you’re likely to meet.
Montague was not coming down for the Padres series, though. He is part of a group of volunteer instructors who are teaching marines from Camp Pendleton the basics of the umpiring profession.
Several marines will end up receiving scholarships to the major umpire schools that feed graduates to the minor leagues.
Through this program, some soldiers will be able to re-enter their communities with the solid footing to transition to a second career. Plus I’d imagine that marines, with their discipline, training on how to handle stressful situations and the focus they must maintain in combat, would have the basic skills that would translate well to umpiring.
Sounds like a great idea all the way around. Even if it leads to some umpires calling "HOO-AH" when they ring up strike three.
One personal note, and I mention it only out of fairness to one David Flemming:
A couple years ago in Houston, Flem told me that he’d forgotten to pack underwear for the road trip. So a stop at the department store was in immediate order. I did what any responsible reporter would do. I blogged it.
Well, guess what happened when I went to unpack my carry-on in my hotel room this morning? No drawers to put in my drawers. (I forgot a belt, too.)
If your Saturday morning errands include a stop at the Macy’s in the Gaslamp, I’ll probably see you there.