One run scored on a Dodger error, the other on a sacrifice fly. Lincecum enters the game in the fourth inning, BEFORE an hour-plus rain delay. Rich Aurilia makes an error in the ninth inning on a slow grounder, but it doesn’t matter.
The Giants finally have an extra-base hit, and more importantly a victory. They won the first of what the Giants have to hope are several 2-1 wins this season, this one over the Dodgers to salvage the last game of their three game series after two losses that seemingly doubled as nails in a coffin.
No, the Giants aren’t dead, and their ventilator is the possibility that 2-1 games may be plentiful in the pitching-heavy NL West. While we saw further proof that Rich Aurilia isn’t exactly Keith Hernandez (no matter what shape Aurilia’s facial hair takes this year), there were several great signs in tonight’s win.
Merkin Valdez actually started the game and pitched two shutout innings, and he throws 95 MPH. That’s good. We already knew Jack Taschner was good, and he kept it going with another scoreless frame, before four dynamic innings from Lincecum (who actually had a rain delay sandwiched in the middle of his four innings).
Tyler Walker and Brian Wilson were perfect too, providing an early sigh of relief from a position that is vitally important to the Giants this year. And again, Eugenio Velez should not sit for the rest of the year. He picked up his first stolen base of the year, and showed more range than Ray Durham has in his entire career on a Blake DeWitt grounder in the hole. Not only that, but Velez turns the double play better than Durham as well.