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From 2008 to 2011, Tim Lincecum had a lot of fun.
He racked up two Cy Young Awards ('08 and '09), was named an All-Star four times and captured a World Series ring.
But he didn't have much fun from 2012 to 2014, when he compiled a 32-38 record with a 4.76 ERA, and was bumped from the rotation on several occasions.
But so far in 2015, things are looking up for "The Freak."
"He's got his command back with his weapons, it's just a different guy," Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow said following the Giants' 6-2 win over the Dodgers on Tuesday night. "He's throwing with confidence. He was done after six innings -- they pinch-hit for him -- but he could have gone more.
"And I think you're going to see him go deep into games now consistently because he has command. And for Lincecum, it looks to me like he's having fun again."
With the Giants in desperate need of a win, Lincecum answered the bell, allowing one run on five hits and three walks over six strong innings.
He struck out five and halted the Dodgers' seven-game winning streak.
"Good effort by Timmy, nice job," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "The ball-strike ratio might not have been the best but he induced the double-play ball when we needed them ... It was a much-needed win."
Speaking of "the double-play ball," Lincecum became the first Giant since Livan Hernandez in 2002 to induce four double plays.
But he didn't take any credit for his exploits.
"I really just think it was the placement of the defense," Lincecum declared. "I wasn't making great pitches but they happened to go at the right people at the right time. They were really timely."
When Lincecum burst onto the scene in 2007, he was routinely registering 97-98 mph on the radar gun.
In 2008, his average fastball velocity was 94.0, according to fangraphs.com. But over the years, however, that number has dropped precipitously.
Though three starts this season, his fastball is clocking in at an average of just 87.2 mph.
"It's not all about velocity. It's more about command and having some pitches to work with, and Timmy has that," Bochy said. "He was missing spots at times, but kept his poise out there and made pitches when he had to.
"He's got good movement on his fastball, he's got a good breaking ball, curveball, slider and a changeup. He uses all of 'em and that's the way he needs to pitch."
"I haven't had any games out there where I felt like I was gonna overpower anybody with my stuff this year," he said. "It's just about pitchability and making good pitches when you have to, and putting the bad ones behind you when you can, and moving on.
"I felt like that's kind of been the plague in the past, I kind of let them drag me down. And I'm not saying this is like a whole different evolution of a pitcher, I'm just trying to make my way with what I got."