Tim Lincecum's velocity which had seemed to have been missing for a month now appears to have returned even if only for a night. The zip was back in fastball as he spent most of the night sitting comfortably between 92 and 93 and having the reach back ability to get up around 95. The other thing that was really nice to see is that he seemed to have his confidence back on the mound, during his May slump he didn't have the same focus and confidence in his pitches.
You can see that there was nice speration in the speed of his pitches which really kept the Astros hitters off balance and the fast ball didn't once drop below 90 mph a rare occurance this season.
The table below gives an overview of his game. The one pitch that wasn't working all that well for him was the big curveball. It seemed that every time it was thrown it was hit or missed for a ball especially early in the game. Luckily Tim had his other pitches working and even with a shaky defense (3 errors) behind him was able to shut down the Astros lineup.
Swinging Strikes / %
FF (FourSeam Fastball)
3 / 5.00%
5 / 50.00%
1 / 5.56%
0 / 0.00%
FT (TwoSeam Fastball)
3 / 25.00%
Pitch Type linear weight correspond to how many runs were likely to score on a that pitch based on average run expectancy when each pitch was thrown and what happened as a result. Negative scores indicate more effective pitches.
Tim put up a strong line of 8 innings, 7 hits, 1 run (unearned), 2 walks and 7 strike outs. This works out to a game score of 71 which is good enough for the third best outing of the season by this measure. It's nice to have Cy Young caliber Tim back on the hill, hopefully the mechanics are all back in sync and he can go on a dominate run like he has in seasons past.