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On July 2, the San Francisco Giants were a team struggling to keep pace with the San Diego Padres in the NL West, and were widely considered an afterthought in the playoff race. But a surge just before the All-Star break carried over to a dominant second half of the season, helping the Giants sneak into the postseason. The Giants featured one of the best rotations of the decade.
They know it. And throughout the season, most people have given them the space to do their thing. But now in the compressed space of a 7-game series, every loose ball becomes a challenge point.
Lincecum helped the Giants win three World Series championships in a five-year span. Lincecum was the team's ace starter in and relief pitcher in andwinning the Babe Ruth Award in as the most valuable player of the MLB postseason. He has also appeared in four consecutive All-Star Gamesfrom through
Pitching with a lead also helped, thanks to a Casey McGhee grand-slam in the 2 nd inning. In an revealing interview with MLB. Good for the Giants or maybe some other team.
He still made batters miss tonight. But Arenado anticipated the next pitch, a slow curve outside, and golfed it into the left centerfield seats to make itRockies. Lincecum had some good ball movement in the first.
He played 15 big league seasons and retired as one of a handful of men to pinch-hit for Hank Aaron. But he also made history in another way: He was the first American of Japanese ancestry to play in the Major Leagues. Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki is just one of a small number of Japanese Americans to follow in his footsteps.