June 14th, 2012

Happy Birthday – Tim Lincecum

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June 15th is Tim Lincecum’s birthday! Here are some Giants Gems about Tim from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday Tim!

  • Tim’s delivery is the creation of his father, Chris, who emphasized three fundamentals: 1) “tilt” – the turn of Tim’s shoulders toward the third base dugout, forcing him to pick up the target out of the corner of his left eye; 2) “dangle” – the downward thrust of his right arm as he turns toward home plate; and 3) “reach” – the violent forward propulsion that creates a stride that exceeds his height.
  • The normal stride length for a pitcher is 77% to 87% of his height. Tim’s stride is 129%, or roughly 7 1⁄2 feet.
  • Was given the nickname “The Franchise” by former Giants reliever Steve Kline.
  • He is something of a human jukebox. He knows the lyrics to hundreds of songs, from Frank Sinatra to the Beatles to rap, country and techno. He once performed My Prerogative by Bobby Brown for a local Washington radio station when he was in college.

The US Open at AT&T Park

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Rory McIlroy laughing with Ryan Vogelsong, Matt Cain, Chris Berman and Sergio Romo before the game last night.

In honor of the US Open starting today at the Olympic Club we thought it would be a great idea to recognize the pro golfers who have watched some memorable baseball games at AT&T Park over the last few days.

On Tuesday night Rory McIlroy had a great time throwing out the first pitch and meeting the Giants players.  Last night Dustin Johnson stopped by to throw out the first pitch and drive balls into McCovey Cove with Clay Hensley, Matt Cain and J.T. Snow during an event hosted by Taylor Made and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

Quick Hits for Thursday, June 14, 2012 (Game 64)

TODAY’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the Houston Astros in the final game of this 3-game series…Giants’ left-hander Barry Zito (5-3, 3.24) will face Astros’ left-hander Wandy Rodriguez (5-4, 3.27).

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MATT CAIN IS ABLE…Cain tied Sandy Koufax for the most strikeouts in a perfect game with 14… The last pitcher with 14-or-more strikeouts in a no-hitter was Nolan Ryan, who had 16 against the Blue Jays on May 1, 1991… SF’s 10 runs of support for Cain and 15 hits are the most ever in a perfecto…Cain is the 1st pitcher to ever score a run in a perfect game… Last night was the 2nd-longest perfecto at 2:36, as David Wells threw his in 2:40 on May 17, 1998… This is the 3rd season in MLB history with 2 perfect games as Phillip Humber accomplished the feat on April 21 at Seattle…the previous 2 seasons with 2 perfectos were 1880 (Monte Ward and Lee Richmond) and 2010 (Roy Halladay and Dallas Braden).

Check out today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than Astros who reached first base last night.

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MELKY CABRERA… Went 2-for-5 last night and hit his 1st career home run at AT&T Park

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GREGOR BLANCO… Has 10 multi-hit contests in his last 17 games and 12 in his last 28.

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BRANDON BELT… Went 2-for-3 last night with a 2-run homer…matched his season-high with 3 RBI (also: May 18, 2012 vs. OAK).

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BUSTER POSEY… Is 10-for-his-last-28 (.357) with runners in scoring position and 17-for-58 (.293) overall this season, which is highest on the club.

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JOAQUIN ARIAS… Has hit safely over his last 7 games at a .280 clip (7-for-25), which ties his career-high (last: 4/19- 27, 2010 w/TEX).

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