On Sunday, it looked like Tim Lincecum of old.
The erratic Lincecum managed to pitch 7 shutout innings as the San Francisco Giants (23-15) got a 5-1 victory over the visiting Atlanta Braves (21-16). The Giants take three of four from the Braves and end their 10 game home stand with 7 wins.
Lincecum (W, 3-2) managed to strand runners in scoring position in the 1st and 3rd innings. In the 1st with a runner at 2nd and 1 out, he would strike out Justin Upton and then get Freddie Freeman to line out to Hunter Pence in right field. Then in the 3rd inning with a runner on third and 2 outs, Timmy would walk Brian McCann and then get Justin Upton to fly out to right to end the inning.
Lincecum would strike out 7 while allowing just 2 hits and 3 walks.
As for the offense behind Timmy, it started with a couple of home runs. Brandon Belt hit a solo shot off Braves starter Kris Medlen in the 2nd inning, his 4th home run of the year, to get the Giants on the board. It was Belt’s only hit in three at bats.
Then in the 3rd, Pablo Sandoval hit a solo home run into McCovey Cove. It was Pablo’s 6th home run of the year and his 7th career home run that went into the water outside of AT&T.
Giants would get a third run off of Medlen in the 4th inning. Brandon Crawford managed to single in Brandon Belt from 2nd base. Crawford did well against Atlanta going 7-14 in this four game series.
The Giants had a two-run 5th starting with Marco Scutaro hitting his first home run of the year to left to make it 4-0. Scutaro went 8-17 in this series.
Later in the inning, Gregor Blanco would hit in Hunter Pence from 2nd on a ground rule double to right center for San Francisco’s final run of the game. Brandon Belt would’ve scored from first on that play if the ball had not bounced into the stands.
Medlen (L, 1-5) would come out in the middle of the 6th inning allowing 5 runs with 3 of them earned. His 2nd to last batter had Scutaro hitting a deep fly to the wall left field where Justin Upton couldn’t make a play on it because a fan had interfered trying to catch the ball. After review, the umpires ruled a ground rule double supposedly because Upton and his glove ran against the wall making it questionable whether he would’ve caught it. The Giants, however, would fail to get in Scutaro.
Jeremy Affeldt came in to start the 8th relieving Tim Lincecum. Affeldt allowed 1 hit while getting two outs before George Kontos came in and finished off the 8th getting Justin Upton to fly out to Crawford at short.
Giants lefty Javy Lopez then started off the 9th getting Freddie Freeman to ground out to third before coming out to let Sergio Romo close out the game. Romo did get the final two outs but not before walking Dan Uggla and allowing Evan Gattis to score him in on a double to left center.
Most of the series went San Francisco’s way except for game 1. Atlanta rocked Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong (1-3) in the 5th inning of that game with 4 runs. The Braves would win by a final of 6-3.
Game 2 showed a quick turnaround for the Giants. The Giants scored 6 runs in the 4th inning and tacked on 2 more in the 6th to win by a final of 8-2. Matt Cain (2-2) went 8 innings allowing 2 earned runs to get his 2nd win of the year.
And Saturday’s Game 3 had the Giants blowing a 2-1 game wide open with a 4-run 5th inning. San Francisco would add 4 more in the 8th and win by a final of 10-1. Madison Bumgarner (4-1) allowed 1 run while striking out 11.
The Giants take a day off for travel as they head to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays (15-24) in a two game series starting Tuesday night. San Francisco’s probables are Barry Zito (3-1) and Ryan Vogelsong (1-3). Toronto’s probables are reigning NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey (2-5) and Brandon Morrow (1-2).
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Written by Daniel Trucios