The San Francisco Giants (27-17) were shut out Saturday by the Miami Marlins (23-21) for the third time this season and for the second time this homestand. Tim Lincecum (3-3, 4.74ERA) gave the Giants another quality start, after coming off his best start of the season last Monday against Atlanta. Lincecum gave up only three runs, six strikeouts, and three walks, over a season high 114 pitches, in his third loss of the season.
The Giants’ offense had a rough time against Miami’s Tom Koehler (4-3, 2.25ERA). With a chance to score in the second inning, a challenge on double by second baseman, Brandon Hicks, deterred the runs from scoring. Miami challenged that Hicks’ foot never touch first base as he rounded for second and after review, his double was overturned and he was ruled out.
Koehler recorded his fourth win and first road win of the season going seven innings with four hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts over 100 pitches.
Miami’s offense produced three runs against Lincecum and another two from reliever, David Huff. Miami right fielder, Giancarlo Stanton, who was 2-for-4 for the night with a triple off of Lincecum and a homerun with an RBI off of Huff. This marked Stanton’s seventh homerun of the season and has now hit safely in 18 of his last 19 games.
Giants’ center fielder, Angel Pagan, is expected to be okay after landing hard on his left arm diving for a liner off of Garrett Jones in the sixth inning. Pagan was seen in the outfield rubbing his arm and ran directly into the clubhouse at the end of the inning with trainer Dave Groeschner. He returned to the game Saturday and will be evaluated again before Sunday’s game.
Saturday’s game was an accomplishment for Giants’ right fielder, Hunter Pence, as he is now the new active leader in consecutive games played at 215. Texas Rangers’ Prince Fielder had his streak snapped Saturday at 547 games played due to receiving an injection for a herniated disk in his neck.
The Giants’ look to even the four game series tomorrow by sending right handed pitcher, Ryan Vogelsong (1-2, 4.22ERA) against Miami’s righty, Jacob Turner (0-1, 6.75ERA). First pitch is at 1:05pm.