Lincecum Solid, Offense Struggles
The San Francisco Giants (54-44) three game winning streak and a chance to sweep the Miami Marlins (45-52) was shattered this afternoon with a 3-2 loss in the series finale.
Starting pitcher, Tim Lincecum (9-6, 3.68 ERA), struggled in the first inning, allowing a two-run homer to Casey McGehee. But after that, Lincecum shut down the Marlins until the seventh inning and got out of what could have been a disaster by allowing only one additional run to score.
Lincecum completed seven innings on 114 pitches with five hits, three earned runs (one home run), two walks, and seven strike outs, recording his sixth loss of the season.
The Giants offense struggled, specifically in the bottom of the line up. The 6th-9th positions of the line up went 0-13 in today’s game, missing opportunities to get on base and set up the top of the line up for success.
Another blow was delt to the Giants, both defensively and offensively, as first basemen, Brandon Belt, is heading back to the disabled list after tests this morning confirmed he in fact does have a concussion. Manager, Bruce Bochy, told the media he was unsure how long Belt would be on the DL and is expecting to bring infielder, Adam Duvall, up from Triple A Fresno.
The Giants continue their road trip tomorrow as the take on Cliff Lee and the Philadelphia Phillies (currently 43-54).by