Aug 3, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The San Francisco Giants fell to the Tampa Bay Ray’s 2-1 tonight in a 10 inning pitchers’ duel. It was former NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum battling reigning AL Cy Young Winner David Price for the win tonight. Despite great pitching performances by both, neither of them got the Win tonight.
The Giants got on the board early tonight, scoring 1 run in the 3rd inning behind Brandon Crawford knockin in Jeff Francoeur. The Rays weren’t far behind though, tying the game in the bottom of the 3rd. That came after a leadoff walk to Jose Molina, who eventually came in to score. For the next 7 innings, neither team was able get a runner across the plate until the bottom of the 10th, despite plenty of opportunities from both teams. The Giants stranded 5, while the Rays stranded 11. The Giants were 1-for-8 with Runners in Score Position (RISP) and the Rays were just 2-for-8 with RISP. That one extra hit was just enough to give them the walkoff win tonight.
I would say the bullpen blew this one, specifically Jean Machi, however, it wouldn’t be fair considering the chances the Giants had tonight. But, Machi was horrible in the 10th, issuing 3 walks before allowing the winning hit. The only other bullpen options were Sergio Romo, who needed to be saved in case of even more extra innings, and who has worked the past 3 nights, and Barry Zito, who is new to the pen this week. Zito takes forever to warm up though, so his role in the bullpen will be interesting to say the least.
Lincecum pitched well, once again. He went 7 innings, giving up 6 hits, 1 earned run, 5 strikeouts, and only issuing 1 walk. Price pitched 9 innings, due to keeping his pitch count down, allowing 5 hits, 1 earned run, 5 strikeouts, and 0 walks.
It wasn’t a bad game overall. Yes, we should have scored more runs, but contending against the reigning AL Cy Young winner, and only losing by 1 run isn’t too bad. The series is split right now, so the Giants will go for the series win tomorrow morning. Guillermo Moscoso will get his first start with the Giants after replacing Zito in the rotation. He’ll be pitching against Roberto Hernandez (6-11).