Tim Lincecum continues to to shine and was able to shut down one of the biggest thorns in his side tonight: The Arizona Diamondbacks. The Giants beat shutout the D-backs 5-0. Lincecum pitched 7 innings tonight allowing just 3 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 6 batters. Even better? He shut down Aaron Hill and Paul Goldschmidt who were hitting .579 and .577, respectively off of The Freak.
Aside from Lincecum pitching well, the Giants bats seemed to find their way back tonight. The team scored 5 runs on 10 hits, with Pablo Sandoval leading the way with a 2-run blast in the 1st inning getting the Giants on the board early. Sandoval went 3-for-4 tonight and didn’t strike out. The first four batters in the Giants lineup had at least one hit, with Brandon Belt getting 2 hits and Hunter Pence and Michael Morse getting 1 hit each. Tyler Colvin, Gregor Blanco, and Brandon Crawford also had hits, and Lincecum had a RBI sacrifice bunt.
Despite being activated today, Marco Scutaro did not play tonight, but is expected to start tomorrow. Joe Panik had 0 hits tonight, but did draw a walk allowing him to score a run. Buster Posey also had the night off, as Hector Sanchez continued his trend of catching Lincecum. Hector was an 0-fer at the plate, but he did throw at Goldschmidt at 2B on an attempted steal. I’ll take that.
Juan Gutierrez pitched 1.1 innings, allowing 2 hits, 0 walks, and 0 runs. Jeremy Affeldt pitched the final two out of the 9th inning and he was perfect.
Lincecum got the win, brining him to 9-5 on the season heading into the All-Star Break, and that ties him with Madison Bumgarner as the most wins on the team.