Tim Lincecum earned his tenth win of the season in nostalgic fashion Tuesday, showing his dominance of the past in beating Colorado 6-3.
The Colorado line-up was kept off balance for most of the night by Lincecum, who allowed no runs and struck out six during his 6 1/3 innings, including retiring 11 straight batters from the second through the fifth.
“You never stop trying to get better. Im getting there piece by piece,” Lincecum stated after the game. “I still feel like I’m grinding a little bit, but those hard situations are getting easier to get through.”
With four quality starts in a row, the two time Cy Young Award winner’s ERA has dipped to 4.91, the first time this season it has been below 5.00.
“He located well, hes been throwing the ball well,” Bruce Bochy confirmed. “Timmy is tough when he’s on his game, and he’s on it right now.”
Leading the way for the San Francisco offense was Marco Scutaro, going three-for-five with two runs and an RBI. The multiple-hit game was the seventh in the last eight contests for Scutaro, who is one hit shy of tying his career best for a single season with 173.
“He’s been so big for us since he’s come over, just his presence. He puts together a professional at bat, the way he prepares each day has been good for the team in general,” Buster Posey said of his teammate after the game.
Scutaro is batting .355 with 71 hits in 49 games since being traded from Colorado to the Giants in late July.
An inning after nearly being ejected for flipping his bat after a called third strike, Angel Pagan added to his SF-era record by hitting his fourteenth triple of the season. Pagan hit his thirteenth triple Saturday in Arizona, breaking a tie with Willie Mays and Steve Finley.
The league leading fifty-third triple of the season for the Giants was not an orthodox line drive into ‘triples Alley’ but a bloop into left field, in which Charlie Blackmon made an ill-advised dive several feet away from the ball, allowing it to bounce over his glove. Pagan tipped his helmet from third base as the home crowd acknowledged his achievement.
The Giant’s magic number to win the NL West is down to seven, with 14 left to play. They move to eight-and-a-half games over the Dodgers, who were rained out in Washington. Los Angeles will play a double-header at the Nationals with game one slated for 1:05 PM PT.
Matt Cain takes the mound in San Francisco Wednesday night, looking to give the Giants the series win against Tyler Chatwood and the Rockies.