June 27th, 2012
One play didn’t make the Giants’ first shutout-sweep of the Dodgers in SF-era history, but the play at the plate in the 3rd inning didn’t hurt. Chris Haft of MLB.com describes the play perfectly in his game recap: A third-inning play demonstrated Lincecum’s resilience and symbolized his progress. He flung a wild pitch with opposing pitcher Chad Billingsley on third base and one out. Catcher Hector Sanchez quickly recovered the ball and relayed it to the 5-foot-11, 167-pound Lincecum, who made the tag and held onto the ball despite being knocked backward by the 6-1, 240-pound Billingsley.
TODAY’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the Los Angeles Dodgers in the final game of this 3-game series…Giants’ right-hander Tim Lincecum (2-8, 6.07) will face Dodgers’ right-hander Chad Billingsley (4-6, 4.15).
Here are some Giants Gems for Steve Edlefsen’s birthday from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday Steve!
- At age four, was a batboy for the Miesville Mudhens near his hometown of Bloomington, Minnesota. His father, Brad, pitched for the team. Brad also played in the Atlanta Braves organization.
- Played shortstop and pitched at Jefferson High in Bloomington, where he hit .392 as a senior. He stopped pitching altogether and became a full-time infielder at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kansas, and at the University of Nebraska. On April 11, 2006, he hit for the cycle and had a Hawkeyes’ record-tying six –hit game in extra innings.
- Made his Major League debut August 21, 2011, in Houston. Entered the game in the fifth inning with runners on the corners and two outs. He struck out Clint Barmes to get the Giants out of the inning. He gave the strike-out ball to his father, who along with Steve’s mother Christine flew in to watch the game.