For the 2nd time this season, the Giants can’t solve the Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner owned the San Francisco Giants (31-28) as the Blue Jays shutout the defending World Champs 4-0. Dickey (W, 5-7) went 8 1/3 innings allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out five.
“He was just about perfect today,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said afterwords. “He had it all going on. He was in the strike zone. Everything was really dancing today. … That’s him at his best right there.”
The Giants first base runner didn’t come until the 4th inning. Dickey had retired 11 giants’ hitters in a row to start off the game. Pablo Sandoval’s single in the 4th would end that streak.
Meanwhile, Giants starter Barry Zito (L, 4-4) lasted six innings and gave up four runs in the 5th.
It was actually R.A. Dickey that started off the scoring for the Blue Jays in that 5th inning with double to left field. Henry Blanco would come in all the way from 1st to score.
After that double Jose Bautista would hit in Dickey from 3rd on an RBI single to left. Then later in the inning with runners on 2nd and 3rd, former Giant Mark DeRosa hit a two-run single to center to make it a four run ballgame.
Zito then gave up another hit to Adam Lind who went 3-4 on the day. The threat would finally end after that as Zito would get Maicer Izturis to line out to center a couple batters later to end the inning.
The bullpen took over for Zito in the 7th inning with Jean Machi being the first out of the Giants bullpen. Machi would come out in the 8th after getting DeRosa to ground out to start the inning off. Jose Mijares would relieve him going the rest of the way allowing just a double to Henry Blanco in the 9th.
Casey Janssen would relieve R.A. Dickey in the 9th after the knuckleballer allowed a hit to Gregor Blanco and then walked Marco Scutaro. Janssen would get Sandoval to ground out into a double play to end the game and get his 12th save of the year.
Game one of this two game set went much better for the Giants as they got a 2-1 victory against the Jays Tuesday night. Tim Lincecum (W, 4-5) allowed just one run in 7 innings and struck out six.
Each side had one home run apiece in game one. Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo shot for the Jays in the 1st inning. Then in the 2nd, Andres Torres hit a two-run home run to center off of Toronto pitcher Josh Johnson (L, 0-2).
Johnson actually went 7 innings striking out six and allowing just those two runs off the bat of Torres. It was Johnson’s first start since April 21st. He had been on the disabled list because of inflammation in his right triceps muscle.
The Giants now hit the road for nine games starting with a three game series in Arizona vs. the Diamondbacks (34-25). San Francisco’s probables are Matt Cain (4-3), Madison Bumgarner (4-4), and Chad Gaudin (1-1). Arizona’s probables are Patrick Corbin (9-0), Trevor Cahill (3-6), and Tyler Skaggs (1-0).
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Written by Daniel Trucios