Nine days after throwing a 148-pitch no-hitter, Tim Lincecum threw five hitless pitches Monday night. On the sixth, Shin-Soo Choo doubled.
It got worse. Quickly.
Seventh-two pitches later, Lincecum was done, following up his no-no with a boo-boo. He surrendered a career-high eight earned runs on nine hits, and the theme at China Basin quickly turned from Johnny Vander Meer to Johnny Appleseed, the sold-out crowd having every right to doze off.
– John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle
Josh Reddick is enough of a pro that he can hit his personal reset button at a moment’s notice.
And that’s good, because a moment is all a hitter generally has in the batter’s box.
Upset with his approach during an eighth-inning at-bat with the A’s down by a run, Reddick channeled Happy Gilmore, then crushed a two-run home run that rallied the A’s to a 4-3 victory over the Astros, Oakland’s 10th consecutive win over Houston this season.
– John Hickey, San Jose Mercury News
This is when it starts, this new day for DeMarcus Cousins.
His return visit with the U.S. national team – the chance to enhance his prospects as a future Olympian – is also his latest and perhaps best opportunity to obliterate the past and sketch a more favorable, embraceable image.
The suspensions. The locker room feuds. The verbal tangle with a television analyst. The communication dust-up a year ago with the USA Basketball czar.
– Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee