Everybody calm down, it’ll be alright
Last night’s game was nothing short of heart-wrenching from start to finish. Anytime you go down 7-0 early against the Dodgers on the road, things begin to look pretty grim. A few things need to be taken into account though. Firstly, Todd Wellemeyer pitched. Todd Wellemeyer should not be our fifth starter. Ergo, this loss is to be taken with a grain of sand. In a Wellemeyer-less world, this game would have been winnable. And the ultimate silver lining? Tim Lincecum is pitching today.
So take a deep breath, relax, and forget that we got blown out last night for 8 innings. After recovering our dignity with a five run ninth, we go into today with the reigning Cy Young winner followed by a rejuvenated Barry Zito, so winning the series is not completely out of the question. Todd Wellemeyer’s continued existence on the 25-man roster is an anomaly that will hopefully be remedied sooner rather than later.
If there’s one thing we can take away from last night, it’s that even when the Giants are playing at their absolute worst, they have the fortitude to compose themselves and mount an almost comeback that makes the game at least appear respectable. It’s always hard watching Andre Ethier hit a grand slam in the second inning, but things could have been worse. Mind you they couldn’t have been worse by much, but still, imagine if that was Lincecum or Cain coughing up those seven runs instead of Wellemeyer.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy Tim Lincecum Day. Remember that the Giants are still 7-3, still first in the NL West, and still as resilient as ever in the face of adversity. Oh and send good thoughts to Aaron Rowand who suffered a mild concussion and facial contusion after being hit in the head by a Vicente Padilla fastball. For the time being Eugenio Velez is our center fielder, so be ready for some interesting defensive play in the next few days. Beat LA!