Tim Lincecum took the mound for this second start of the young season on Wednesday night. His opponent for this affair was the same team he faced in his season debut, the Arizona Diamondbacks.
With that level of familiarity with one’s opponent, then, you would assume Lincecum knew the appropriate course of action when MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt strode to the plate with two men on and first base open.
Just walk Goldschmidt
— Wendy Thurm (@hangingsliders) April 10, 2014
Lincecum did not follow the course of action. Please observe the outcome of that decision below, in GIF form.
It takes grown man strength to hit the ball out, opposite field, in that bay area air.
In retrospect, the strategy with Goldschmidt in that spot seems just as clear.
If there was ever a time to say, before recording an out in the first inning, “Well, I have a base open…” that was it.
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) April 10, 2014
And with that, Tim Lincecum, his mustache, and the San Francisco Giants found themselves in a 3-0 hole early on Wednesday night.