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Emil Guillermo’s Linceblog: Good night for Lincecum–shutout ball, strikeout milestone, good control; Giants’ bats inspired; Win!

We got the good Tim Lincecum tonight– unfortunately for the Dodgers.

The Linceline reads: 7 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 2 BB,4 Ks,  ERA 2.08.

Lincecum showed superb command and got to the 7th inning  with  106 pitches, 69 for strikes.

The strikeouts put  Lincecum at 1,680 for his career, surpassing  Giants’ great Carl “The Meal Ticket” Hubbell for third place among all-time Giants pitchers.

The Giants gave Lincecum  some good defensive support, but at first didn’t seem interested in providing much run support.

But remember, this is May 2015, and the Giants have discovered their offense.

A Crawford single in the 6th drove in Buster Posey to break a scoreless game.

The Giants scratched out another run in the 7th, when Joe Panik singled home Casey McGhee, who was on third after a walk, ground out and wild pitch.

And when that seemed sufficient, Buster Posey put one in the left-center field seats for good measure, clearing the bases, to make it 4-0 after 7.

Posey also made a great catch in foul territory, off the rail of the First Base dugout in the 8th.

And  that was it.

The Giants and Lincecum are back on a roll at home.

And the Dodgers? The team that so desperately wants to  be the best team money can buy is struggling these days, especially  against their rivals.


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Linceblog: Wild Lincecum can’t hold lead as walks, Byrd, Reds beat Giants.

Tim Lincecum just didn’t seem right in Cincinnati.

He seemed to slip, literally and figuratively. It was nothing like the comfort zone he found at AT&T.  On the road, he lost his footing, walked five, nearly balked twice.

An all-around awkward performance as the Reds beat the Giants 4-3.

Surprising it was that close.

The Giants even held a lead for three innings. But then Lincecum ran up the pitch count and was lifted after 4 2/3 innings.

The Linceline:  4.2 ip, 5 hits, 3 runs, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 Ks.

Overall, his ERA is 2.43, but this was not a good one tonight for the best part Filipino player in the MLB.

Good game for Marlon Byrd of the Reds who was 2-2, 2 walks, 3 RBIs, and had the game-winning home run off reliever Sergio Romo.


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Emil Guillermo/Linceblog:Tim Lincecum says he draws inspiration from his Filipino heritage.

On Friday night, the dangle was on.


The dangle?

That’s the spot where Tim Lincecum reaches back with his right hand to get leverage for his delivery of the ball to the plate.

And by his own admission, “today felt better than most.”

Lincecum dazzled the sold out SF Giants crowd with a “Timmy Day” performance (6 innings, 3-hits, No runs, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts, ERA 2.00).

He stopped the Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton cold,  striking him out twice; the most critical one being a changeup in the 5th that ended a bases-loaded rally.


Lincecum seemed to punctuate the second Stanton strike out with a little extra English on his fist pump.

“I was pretty excited about it,” Lincecum said to me  in the clubhouse. “It was a pretty emotional setting.”

Pitching with a lead also helped, thanks to a Casey McGhee grand-slam in the 2nd inning. Two more runs  came in the 5th and 7th  but the Giants had enough to stop the Marlins on this night, 6-0.

It was also another Filipino Heritage Night, and fans who bought the special ticket received a bobble-head that commemorated Lincecum’s second career no-hitter last year.



Later,  I asked Lincecum if he drew any inspiration from  these heritage nights.

“Yes, definitely,” Lincecum answered me. “I think there’s always something to be said about where you come from, and obviously, my mom is full Filipino, so that goes into it without saying. I wasn’t really focused on that today. I was focused on the task at hand…But (fans) got a cool bobble-head, and it’s on a good night.”




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Emil Guillermo: Remembering my cousin Stephen Guillermo, shot and killed in San Francisco in 2014.


Stephen Guillermo was shot and  killed by a retired security guard in San Francisco  on May 3, 2014.

It’s been a year now.

The family still hopes we matter in the eyes of the law.  But we are  still waiting for the DA to share with us records on his case.

Meanwhile, I wrote this piece for my amok column on the AALDEF blog earlier this year.

It’s about a  man in Montana who was prosecuted despite the Castle Doctrine defense,  which says you can protect your home if an intruder enters and shoot to kill.  The presumption is the intruder will do harm, so shoot.

But you can make a mistake.

The shooter in Stephen’s case did.

However, the law is so tough most  DAs in the country where the Castle Doctrine applies  don’t want to touch these cases.

Blemishes the record.

In San Francisco, they  still don’t want to touch Stephen’s case.

In the column I ask  SF DA George Gascon about challenging the Castle Doctrine in San Francisco in the same way he campaigned for Prop. 47.


Markus Kaarma and Stephen Guillermo
Markus Kaarma’s case is not about police, but about a private individual taking the law into his own hands and relying on Castle Doctrine laws to justify killing an unarmed person.
It was vigilante justice. And Kaarma was wrong.
You may have heard of Kaarma, 29, a Korean American from Montana. His case didn’t get a lot of play nationally last week, perhaps because he was convicted of deliberate homicide last December.
But his recent sentencing hearing was quite a shocker.
Kaarma thought the Castle Doctrine gave him the right to shoot to kill in order to protect his home. Instead, he was sentenced to 70 years in prison for murdering Diren Dede, a 17-year-old German exchange student.
“You didn’t protect your residence, you went hunting. And here you have a 12 gauge shotgun that’s loaded. Not to protect your family, but to go after somebody,” said Missoula District Judge Ed McLean on Feb. 12.
The sentence was a surprise. But so was the prosecutor’s initial decision to go forward and charge Kaarma in the first place. That’s been my experience with DAs when it comes to self-defense cases in which the Castle Doctrine is invoked.
It happened in the case of my cousin, Stephen Guillermo.SGsign2.jpg
I’ve written about Stephen numerous times. And from a victim’s point of view, there are some similarities in the Kaarma case.
Stephen went by mistake to the wrong apartment in his building. The apartment was not his but that of an African immigrant, a retired security guard. Witnesses said they heard no break-in. If so, the door may have been opened so that an unarmed Stephen walked into the apartment and was shot to death by the armed retired security guard.
In Montana, Kaarma left his garage door open, hoping his suspected teenage prankster burglars would come in. When they did, motion detectors alerted Kaarma, who then fired a shotgun four times killing an unarmed teenage intruder in the garage.
Many DAs feel just having a dead body in the house makes the Castle defense unbeatable.
But I’ve always argued that the shooter still must show that he acted reasonably in using deadly force.
Now that Kaarma’s Castle defense failed and his 70 year sentence issued, I’m beginning to feel this could be a breakthrough moment.
Not necessarily for my cousin Stephen’s case.
The San Francisco DA George Gascon had arrested Stephen’s killer, refused to prosecute, and let him go.
No, my hope is that Kaarma’s conviction and sentencing will set the example to rework the homicide laws so that DAs don’t see going up against the Castle defense as a defeat. Prosecutors want to have a winning record. Preferably a win in every case.
Last October, I asked DA Gascon what he needed in order to prosecute anything.
Of course, he said he had to have the facts and the legal analysis. But Gascon also added: “A prosecutor would be violating his ethical obligation if he didn’t believe he could prosecute successfully.”
In other words, it really is “Just win, baby.”
Or “just believe you can win,” a form of political will.
When I mentioned challenging the Castle doctrine, Gascon said individual cases weren’t the place to take ethical, moral, or courageous stands.
As a proper example of when to take a stand, he pointed to his advocacy of California’s Prop. 47, which has re-codified California law in order to lower the high incarceration rates of people with mental health and substance abuse problems. Why? Because, as Gascon said, “It doesn’t work.”
Well, Castle really doesn’t work either. Not if you want to prevent innocent people from being killed.
Gascon may have quivered before the Castle Doctrine in the past. But now maybe he’ll take a stand–not for my cousin’s individual case–but for future victims who could be murdered by vigilantes who want to use their guns whenever feel threatened in their home. Even if they’re wrong.