The San Francisco Giants (57-72) supported starting pitcher, Tim Lincecum (7-13, 4.55 ERA) in tonight’s win against the NL Central leaders, the Pittsburgh Pirates (76-53).
It’s no secret that Giants’ run support for Lincecum has been weak throughout the season. They have gone just three-for-14 in his last 17 outings and received just 2.42 runs support during this time. Tonight was a different story as the lineup back Lincecum by giving him a four run lead in the first.
Offensively, the Giants scored five runs while Lincecum was on the mound; marking just the 10th time he’s received three-or-more runs of support in his 26 starts.
“It was great to see us put up some early runs, starting with Scutaro and Arias. We haven’t done that in awhile, especially here at home,” said Giants Manager, Bruce Bochy, “Timmy did a great job out there I thought. He had a bit of a hiccup there in the fourth, got out of sync there but what was impressive was he kept his poise and pitched out of that. That’s what saved the game for us I thought.”
Lincecum was impressive from the start tossing 5.1 innings and allowing three runs on three hits, one home run and four walks with eight strikeouts. Tonight he marked his seventh win of the season.
Tonight’s game at times proved to be challenging as the Pirates didn’t go down without a fight. With multiple attempts at a comeback, the Giants shot right back.
“We did a great job of picking each other up,” said Bochy, “The club did a good job of when they scored, we bounced back. It was a good ball game for us.”
Giants’ batters combined to go four-for-11 with runners in scoring position tonight. They are now seven-for-37 (.189) with runners in scoring position for this current homestand.
Some bright spots in tonight’s game included Giants’ closer, Sergio Romo, who recorded his 31st save of the season. Third baseman, Pablo Sandoval, is now 15-for-38 (3.95) with nine RBIs in his last 11 games.
Francisco Liriano (14-6, 2.74 ERA) has been the horse for the Pirates, but tonight was knocked out by a struggling Giants offense in the fourth inning. His final pitching line was nothing in comparison to his last outing in San Diego where he went seven innings and striking out 13. Tonight he completed four innings with nine hits, four earned runs with two walks and three strikeouts.
Tomorrow, the Giants conclude this homestand before their upcoming games against the Colorado Rockies. They send right-hander, Ryan Vogelsong (2-4, 6.29 ERA) to face Pirates’ righty, A.J. Burnette (6-9, 3.09 ERA) in the rubber match game. First pitch is at 1:05pm.