Lincecum K’s 14, Giants Top Braves

By on October 8, 2010 in

Ace pitcher Tim Lincecum let up just two hits through nine innings, striking out 14 for the San Francisco Giants to win over the Atlanta Braves 1-0 in Game 1 of the NLDS last night at AT&T Park. “As far as shutouts go, I think that was up there with my better ones,” said Lincecum after completing his outing on seven days’ rest. “I was pretty anxious to get out there a couple days ago. You just have to deal with those extra days.” The two-time Cy Young Award winner joined Roger Clemens (2000 Yankees) as the only pitchers to strike out 14 or more and allow two hits or fewer in a postseason shutout.

The Giants lone run came in the fourth inning when Cody Ross singled in Buster Posey following a controversial call at second base. “I guess it’s a good thing we don’t have instant replay right now,” said Posey. “It was a beautiful slide, wasn’t it?” Veteran right-hander Derek Lowe scattered four hits during his time on the mound before making his exit in the sixth inning. Game 2 is scheduled for tonight at 9:37 PM ET.

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