What a zoo at ATT Park, Sunday.
A four-plus hour rain delay is what greeted us, and since the Braves are not coming back to the west coast this year, well, it was now or never.
So after hours of rain, there was a break, and a ton of water was squeegeed off the tarp and dispersed so that by 5:14, when the first pitch was tossed by Tim Lincecum, the field was in pretty good shape.
Aside from a first inning dinger to Brian McCann in the first, but that was it for Atlanta scoring until the ninth, when Jason Heyward banged his third homer of the year off Jeremy Affeldt, and opposite field shot into a 25 MPH head wind. More than impressive, proving the kid certainly has pop. Heyward also committed a throwing error with an off-target toss that allowed Pablo Sandoval, the go-ahead run, to score, but it was none-the-less, a powerful throw.
By the way, Sandoval was a single shy of the cycle, and he hit a monster shot, also through that wind, into the bay in the bottom of the eighth.
And, with minimal warm-ups, and in the cold, Lincecum started slowly, but still struck out 10 for the 20th time in his young career.