The Boston Red Sox (74-53) haven’t been to AT&T Park since 2010 and back then, they took two of three games from the San Francisco Giants (55-68). This series marks the fourth time these two teams have faced each other and the Giants are now 3-7 all-time against the Red Sox after being shut out 7-0.
Giants starter, Tim Lincecum (6-13, 4.53 ERA), started the first inning strong but by the second, everything unraveled for the former two-time Cy-Young winner. Walks, a catcher interference call, and a balk plagued Lincecum as he allowed three runs over four hits in the second inning alone. He managed to minimize the damage in the third and fourth innings, as the Red Sox couldn’t score with runners in scoring position.
Overall, Lincecum threw for five innings, allowing five earned runs on nine hits and four walks (two intentional) with four strikeouts, resulting in his 13th loss this season. He also allowed Red Sox, Daniel Nava, to score on a balk in the second inning marking the sixth of his career.
“He [Lincecum] didn’t have his good stuff tonight. He’s been throwing the ball well but he was throwing pitches up and that’s a good hitting ball club and they took advantage of it,” said Giants’ Manager, Bruce Bochy.
The Red Sox were hot tonight as catcher, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, continued his eight game hitting streak and out fielder, Shane Victorino, reached base safely in four of his five at bats.
Pitching was also a key for the Red Sox as starter Jon Lester when 8.1 innings with six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. In his two career starts at AT&T Park, Lester is 2-0 with a 0.52 ERA (one earned run on 18.1 innings pitched).
There were few positives in tonight’s game for the Giants. Out fielder, Andres Torres, has been struggling at the plate and broke through that struggle tonight by going three for four. He recorded his first multi-hit game since June 29th in Colorado.
With tonight’s loss, the Giants are now four for 11 in 15 interleague games this season. The .267 Interleague winning percentage is the second lowest in the Majors.
Tomorrow, the Giants look to Ryan Vogelsong (2-4, 6.75 ERA) to try and get a win against the first place team from the American League West. The Red Sox turn to Jake Peavy (9-5, 4.41 ERA) to continue their domination of the struggling Giants team. First pitch is at 7:15pm.