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From The Stretch: Lincecum gets through 6 as Giants sweep the Rockies
Posted By Connor Callaghan On Aug 5 2012 @ 7:51 pm In San Francisco Giants | No Comments
Don’t let the one earned run fool you, Lincecum continued to struggle today at Coors Field while the Giants’ offense took off for an 8-3 win and sweep over the Rockies. Lincecum, who threw thirty six pitches in the first inning, once again had trouble with his command matching a season high five walks along with five hits. Lincecum gave up his only run in the first and left the bases loaded before getting out of the inning on a caught line drive. The struggling two-time Cy Young winner also only struck out three through six innings against a team that was outscored 35-13 in the series.
Lincecum did benefit from some great fielding behind him. With runners on second and third in the bottom of the fourth and one out, Dexter Fowler hit a fly ball out to left-center where Melky Cabrera caught and threw out Wilin Rosairo tagging up from third to the ending. The throw couldn’t have been any better from Cabrera as Hector Sanchez didn’t have to move at all, he just caught it an held on tight for the collision at the plate. Perhaps more important to Giants fans is that it appears reliever Sergio Romo has found his groove again. He came in to relieve Javier Lopez in the seventh with runners on and proceeded to strike out Matt McBride and Rosario with a pair of nasty sliders to end the inning.
The Giants’ offense continued to impress in this third and final game of the series especially from their newest addition, Hunter Pence. Pence went 2-5 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI. In his previous four games with his new club, he was just 2-17. Melky also went 2-5 with his tenth triple of the year, good for second in the National League. Posey was 2-4 with a walk and an RBI single, giving him at least one RBI in his last four games and a total of eight in that span. He also has 26 RBI since the All-Star break which leads the National League.
The Giants head on to St. Louis tonight for a four-game series that starts tomorrow. Although the Cardinals are 7.5 games back in the Central division, whereas the Giants lead the West, they’re only one game behind the Giants in the win column.
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