For the fourth time in seven starts, Tim Linecum couldn’t get past the fifth inning, this time only lasting 4 innings. Lincecum gave up 4 runs (all earned) in those innings while giving up 8 hits, 2 walks and 4 strike outs.
After being given a 1-0 lead, Lincecum responded by throwing 7 straight balls to open the bottom of the first. After a lead off walk to Travis Snider, 2013 National League MVP Andrew McCutchen singled home Snider to tie the game. With McCutchen on second, Starling Marte doubled to give the Pirates the lead.
The second inning wasn’t much better for Lincecum, Snider added to the Pirates lead with a 2 run double.
In the top of the fifth with runners on first and second, and 2 out, Belt hit a 2 run double but was thrown out trying to advance to third base to end the inning and rally.
Three regulars from the Giants lineup didn’t start the game, Buster Posey, Angel Pagan an Pablo Sandoval were all given the “day off” but Sandoval and Pagan made appearances in the game. George Kontos, recently re-called from Fresno, made his season debut and pitched 2 scoreless innings.
Pirates starter, Garret Cole pitched 8 solid innings, allowing on the 3 runs while giving up 7 hits 1 walk and striking out 7.
Next up for the Giants, they travel to Los Angeles to take on the rival Dodgers in a 4 game series.
At worst, the Giants will enter the 4 game series, tied for first place with the Colorado Rockies