Sunday, March 24, 2013

Lincecum dinged for 5 runs

Yeah, that was the headline on the Giants official site after yesterday's 12-5 buttkick by Oakland. Here are the gory details --

Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum endured his third rough outing in four starts, surrendering five runs and six hits in three-plus innings.
After walking Coco Crisp to open the game, Lincecum struck out the next two batters, which brought up Cespedes. He crushed an 0-1 pitch deep into the left-field picnic area for his third spring homer in his last 11 games. Since beginning the Cactus League season 0-for-11, Cespedes has hit .333 (11-for-33).
"It was just a spinning slider. It didn't break," Lincecum said of the delivery that Cespedes mashed.

I'm hoping that this doesn't devolve into another series of thrashings like the first half of last year. I like to thnk back to the Giants' 3-0 shutout of the dodgers on June 26 as to when Tim began to get a little better -- he had 7 shutout innings that day to lift his record to 3-8. 

Tim went 7-7 the rest of the way to end up at 10-15 and delivered some pretty good postseason pitching in relief. Looking at Baseball Reference, I realize that he also led the NL in total earned runs with 107 -- the first Giant to do so since Mark Davis in 1984. Hoo boy. 

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