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.