Tim Lincecum has two Cy Young Awards and two World Series rings with the Giants. Before Monday, Tyler Colvin had two plate appearances with San Francisco. Those two men, the Freak and the Fresno call-up, were the two main reasons the Giants put away Atlanta 4-2 in China Basin on Monday night. Lincecum put together by far his best start of 2014. He mesmerized the Braves for much of the evening. Lincecum held Atlanta to a run on two hits - both by B.J. Upton - in 7 2/3 innings. Lincecum struck out 11 and walked four. "I was just trying to attack the zone, be aggressive," Lincecum said. Said manager Bruce Bochy: "It was vintage Timmy, the way he had his good secondary pitches going along with the fastball. ... "He had a good look about him the whole night." Lincecum, who recorded the 36th double-digit strikeout game of his career, certainly impressed Colvin. "Even from left field," Colvin said, "I could see his stuff was moving all over the place." Colvin has moved from the Cubs to the Rockies to the Giants in his big-league career. The Giants brought up the outfielder from Triple-A Fresno on Saturday. He went 0-for-1 with a walk in two plate appearances over the weekend at Dodger Stadium. Colvin got the start in left field Monday night. In his first AT&T Park at-bat as a member of the Giants, he took Gavin Floyd into McCovey Cove. That second-inning splash hit put S.F. in front 1-0. He didn't realize his homer had landed in the water until a reporter told him after the game. "Oh, nice, man," Colvin enthused. "That's pretty fun right there." It was a 1-1 game with runners at first and second in the seventh when Colvin delivered again. He pulled an 0-2 pitch past first and into the right-field corner for a two-run triple to put the Giants ahead to stay. A homer and a triple in your home debut is a highly recommended approach for trying to impress a fan base. In fact, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Colvin became the first Giants hitter with a homer and triple in his first home game since Darrell Evans did it against San Diego on June 23, 1976.
Tyler Colvin powers Tim Lincecum's gem for Giants
San Francisco Chronicle | May 13