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The Arizona Diamondbacks evened up the series against the San Francisco Giants tonight in a 7-3 against Tim Lincecum. Leading the cause: Paul Goldschmidt, who hit a first inning 3-run home run. It was pretty much all downhill from there.
Gerardo Parra led the game off the a triple. That was followed by a Martin Prado walk and the previously mentioned home run by Goldschmidt. The Dbacks jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Giants even had a bat in their hand. Interestingly enough, after the Goldschmidt homerun, Lincecum shut down the next three batters with no problem.
Offensively, the Giants couldn’t get anything going until the bottom of the 2nd when Michael Morse hit a 449 ft bomb to left field.
Unfortunately, that was the only run the Giants could put on the board that inning.
In the top of the 3rd, the Snakes struck again, adding 2 more runs. Goldschmidt hit a sacrifice fly to score Parra, while Eric Chavez hit a triple, scoring Martin Prado.
The Giants managed 1 run in the bottom of the 3rd when Pablo Sandoval scored. Buster Posey singled to move Sandoval to 2B, and wild pitch to Hunter Pence moved Sandoval to 3B. The Panda was able to score on a ground out by Pence. If you’re keeping score, Dbacks 5, Giants 2, bottom of the 3rd.
The 4th inning was no better for Lincecum. After giving up a hit to Arroyo, Parra hit a home run, adding on 2 more runs. Lincecum made it out of the inning, but that ended his night.
The Giants remained silent offensively until Buster Posey hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 5th. While the Giants and the Dbacks got a few more men on base, including a bottom of the 9th single by Angel Pagan with Brandon Belt at the plate, both teams were shut out from the 5th inning on. The bullpens did their job, and unfortunately, that meant the Giants suffered their 3rd loss of the season.
Brandon Belt did launch a 400 footer into McCovey Cove, but it went on out the wrong side of the foul pole. On the plus side, our buddy McCovey Cove Dave was able to snag the ball from the cove.
Fans seemed upset that Lincecum didn’t intentionally walk Goldschmidt in the 1st inning with 2 runners on base, given Goldy’s ownage of Timmy. However, I have to agree with Schulman’s assessment here of why that move wasn’t made.
"Goldschmidt clearly is in Lincecum’s head. Worst thing for Bochy to do is add to it by saying, “I don’t trust you.” #SFGiants— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) April 10, 2014"
Let’s not drag Lincecum out to the pastures with Matt Cain yet. I’m talking to you, crazy Twitter people comparing Cain to Barry Zito. Yes, Lincecum has had two bad starts, but they’ve both included Goldschmidt in the lineup. Give him some time to pitch without having to see that guy. I agree that he’s going to HAVE to figure Goldschmidt out, but that is going to involve pitching to him and hopefully limited the damage.
As for Bruce Bochy and his faith in Timmy, he gave the most Bruce Bochy answer ever.
I would suggest that Goldschmidt at least by Lincecum dinner before he does those things to him in their next matchup.