Lincecum allows runner, doesn't allow run

The runner was on an error, mind you.

One of the stories of the postseason has been Tim Lincecum, confusing disappointment, turning into Tim Lincecum, old-school relief ace. And in the middle of Game 3, Bruce Bochy went to the Lincecum well in the sixth inning, hoping he could bridge the gap between Ryan Vogelsong and the late-inning relievers.

Lincecum did more than that, pitching 2⅓ scoreless innings, allowing just a walk. His fastball is the best it's looked all season, allowing him to get hitters chasing his changeup.

He's not doing it alone, though. He has a little help from his friends:


It was Crawford who made the error to extend the inning, but he started the inning by getting that out against Miguel Cabrera. Lincecum struck out Prince Fielder on three pitches after that, and following the error that allowed Delmon Young to reach, Andy Dirks struck out on a changeup to end the inning.

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