Brandon Crawford had four homeruns in his first 148 games, but he’s flicked the power switch on this week.
Crawford, usually a drive the ball the other way hitter, has pulled two homeruns this week. They weren’t cheapies, either. His first blast came against the Braves on Wednesday night, a towering three-run homer that proved to be the game winning swing.
Tonight, Crawford smashed a booming homerun about 12 rows deep into the bleachers, and it just happened to occur with the bases loaded.
His blast put the Giants on top 6-1, and Tim Lincecum would need no more support.
After shutting out the lowly Houston Astros over eight strong innings in his first start of the second half, Lincecum was everything, but out of the woods.
The critics weren’t sold on Lincecum’s dominance of Houston, but a quality road start would silence them for at least another five days. Quality indeed for Lincecum, who allowed just two earned runs over seven innings against a Phillies squad that had won four of their past five games coming into Friday’s matchup with the Giants.
But did you really think that “The Freak” would cruise through the Phillies lineup without running into any sort of drama? You would be wrong.