Lincecum In Good — But Not Great — Health Defeats Phillies, Offense Exists

In his San Francisco Giants debut, Carlos Beltran saw two pitches. Grounded out. After a 1-2-3 first inning that ended with that ground out, Beltran already became a true Giant. The bottom of the first had Jimmy Rollins leading off with a double, but Tim Lincecum promptly retired the next three hitters.

The next inning saw the Giants finally seeing one of their players hit the double-digit mark in home runs with a solo Pablo Sandoval home run.

The offense showed up again in the top of the fourth inning. Beltran struck out in his second at-bat. With two away in the inning, Aubrey Huff hit a double to right field and ensured that Brandon Belt would be on the bench for another day. Nate Schierholtz followed it up with a base hit to drive Huff in and it was 2-0 Giants.

The top of the seventh showed a surge of offense. Schierholtz led the inning off with a walk. An out later, Chris Stewart came through with a base hit, moving Schierholtz over to third. Aaron Rowand came in to pinch hit for Lincecum, whose night was done the previous inning. On one pitch, Rowand hit a ball that screamed “grounded into double play,” but Phillies third baseman Juan Perez killed that dour note with an error. Both runners scored and Rowand headed to second base. That would be the last time in the game the Giants scored a run.

Tim Lincecum’s line, however, was certainly impressive after a bout with stomach flu. He went six innings, giving up only three hits, though walking four and striking out six. He improved to 9-8 on the year and lowered his ERA to 2.78. Some may say that he hasn’t lived up to his previous seasons, but you have to admit, a man being able to pitch six shutout innings after having been under the weather and missing his scheduled start is good. Some may call it great, but it is good.

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