With pitchers ruling these playoffs, Matt Cain made it six shutouts — a half-dozen, count ‘em! — in only 22 games this postseason.
Lincecum outdueled Roy Halladay, Cody Ross hit a pair of solo homers and the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 in Game 1 of the NLCS.
Tim Lincecum pitched a two-hitter and struck out 14 in a dazzling performance, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 in Game 1 of their NL division series Thursday night.
With all the matchups set after Game No. 162 — no tiebreakers necessary this year — baseball launches into the postseason Wednesday.