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Keeping Score: Lincecum Strikes Out 12 Mets

I’ve sent a couple of my scorecards to the guys at Squaretender, but I’ve never posted a full one to my own blog. I score every game I attend (and sometimes even when I’m watching on TV)

I was at Wednesday night’s Mets game when Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants shut out the Mets. (Tomorrow, I’ll get to see the Dodgers’ best pitcher, Clayton Kershaw. I love great pitching, but I’d like to see the Mets score some runs, too.)

Lincecum struck out 12 batters that night. It turned out to be something of a historic occasion.

I would have liked to see the Mets win, but any time you get to note that somebody broke a record held by Christy Mathewson is kind of neat.

As good as Lincecum was on Wednesday, the Mets had chances against him. The best came in the sixth inning.

Carlos Beltran lead off with a double to right field, and went to third on Ike Davis’ single up the middle. Freddy Sanchez ran all the way over into foul territory in short right field to catch Ronny Paulino’s popup, then Willie Harris and Jason Pridie both struck out. It was the Mets’ last real threat. Lincecum struck out the side in the seventh, his final inning of work. The bullpen shut the Mets down for the final two frames.

(Click to embiggen the full scorecard images below)