Suddenly one game out of first place, (two games back in the all important loss column), the Giants have dusted off memories of Brian Johnson, evoked images of championship contenders past, and put a spark into the minds of the children in San Francisco.
Seriously, the Giants find themselves in this position thanks to a losing streak of historic proportions by the first-place Padres. It’s not like the team has been surging into contention by winning game after game. As nice as it was to see Juan Uribe blast the Giants past the hated Dodgers, it’s important to remember that the Giants have won 7 of their last 12 games. That’s a nice result, but hardly the stuff of legend.
Last night’s win against the D’backs was great, but tonight, Lincecum has got to continue his resurgence. This team has no real chance in the playoffs without a dominant two-time Cy Young winner.
UPDATE: Well, that was just what the doctor ordered. Timmy looked like he might have a no-hitter in his bag of tricks, showing dominant stuff, locating all of his pitches, which had to give the entire Giants nation a collective sigh of relief. I know I felt it.