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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Linceblog: Drastic times call for drastic Mohawk Pompadour look. Let the winning begin!

Tim Lincecum has revealed a new hairstyle, a kind of Mohawk Pompadour look.

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The picture was tweeted out by AP baseball writer Janie McCauley.

When I’ve interviewed Lincecum in the past, he always said he didn’t believe in any baseball superstitions, preferring to keep things focused on what happens on the field.

So I doubt he did it to help change the mojo of the team.

But after seven straight losses, any kind of change at this point couldn’t hurt.

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