Tim Lincecum stepped on the mound with fans hoping that the team doesnâ€™t go for a five game losing streak. After four terrible games for the Giants, the righty ace looked to be the solution to that problem.
Lincecumâ€™s pitch count rose quickly, throwing 72 after four innings. This wasnâ€™t a good thing with the over worked bullpen as of late.
The offense came alive in the bottom of the fourth. A one-out Jeff Keppinger single started things off, followed by a single by Carlos Beltran. The Giants got on the board via a Pablo Sandoval double. Unfortunately, that was all they would score after Aubrey Huff hit a very Huffian ground ball right back to the pitcher to kill the rally that couldâ€™ve been.
That lead would quickly disappear with a leadoff hit and Paul Goldschmidtâ€™s first career home run.
However, Lincecum would recover and throw 1-2-3 sixth and seven innings. That seventh inning would be the last he would throw.
The small slivers of life the offense created following their one run scored, well, those went away quickly. You can blame Justin Uptonâ€™s catch for that.
By the time Upton hit the two-run home run in the top of the eighth, the hopes of the losing streak to come to an end was no more. Throw in another two runs in the top of the ninth and that was it.
So the losing streak continues. Two teams are now in first place in the NL West. Man, this isnâ€™t much fun right now.