Start #11: Loss (2-6) 7 innings 4 hits 1 earned run 5 walks 6 strikeouts
Everybody knows that Tim Lincecum's 2012 starts have generally meant a loss for the Giants and tonight's 4-1 loss to Arizona is more of the same. He certainly didn't give this one away, more like he was just barely out-pitched, but that makes it 2-9. Not good, but did you know this nasty trend dates back to last year and it stands at 3-14? Yikes!
Speaking of last year, this game must have reminded Timmeh of his 2011 ordeal. Remember, he received the least run support last year in all of baseball. Also, it was a QUALITY START!! Something that used to be a Lincecum standard. Also, he held the snakes to 0-5 with RISP ... that is a very good sign. He wasn't sharp, but he was familiar and that feels good.
The good: Melky's 51st hit in the month!! Absolutely amazing ... the last time anyone got fifty hits in a month was Carl Crawford in August 2007. I don't usually mention the other team much but you have to give some props to the Arizona starter, Ian Kennedy (another beleaguered ace). He completely shut down the hottest hitters in our order. I also have to give credit to snakes' Gerardo Parra; his defense had a big impact on the outcome.
The bad: Some really weak relief pitching by Steve Edlefsen. I can't see him staying much longer ... isn't it time for Heath Embree? Another bad milestone: Brandon Belt has gone 100 AB's without a homer.
Oh yeah, that's the fourth time we have failed to finish off a sweep this year. Does that mean anything?