Dodgers 2, Giants 1
It was Tim Lincecum vs. Clayton Kershaw, Round #4. Unfortunately, you already know the rest of the story, at least if you watched any of the prior three games. Lincecum pitched okay. Not at the top of his game, but still better than the majority of pitchers. Consider going into last night, Lincecum’s ERA on the season against the Dodgers was just 1.34 or something ridiculous.
On the plus side, we managed to get an earned run off Kershaw for the first time this season. Thank you Chris Stewart and your solo homerun that kept us from being completely embarrassed. Oddly, Stewart has great numbers against Kershaw. I think he should have been batting cleanup. #thingsiwillalmostneversayagain
Carlos Beltran did not make any fans in San Francisco last night. After Panda struck out swinging as a pinch hitter with runners in scoring position, Beltran decided to go window shopping and just watched a couple of pretty good pitches go right over the plate without swinging. The writing is on the wall, folks. There is no way in hell Beltran comes back next season.
So there it is. Your hit-less Giants are back. No, we didn’t absolutely have to beat Kershaw to make playoffs. Even if we did, it wouldn’t guarantee it. However, it would have done a heck of a lot for the morale. The goal now is to salvage the series and play Arizona only 4 game back.
On a personal note, the Giants won every game while I was away on my honeymoon. If anyone wants to send me back to Hawaii for good luck the remainder of the season, I’m available.