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Tim Lincecum grinds out five innings, picks up first win

Apr 23, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

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It wasn’t pretty, but Tim Lincecum put together his best start of the young season on Monday, limiting the Mets to one run over five innings to pick up the victory in the first game of Monday’s doubleheader.

Lincecum, who entered 0-2 with a 10.54 ERA in three starts, lowered his ERA to 8.20 with the performance.

Still, it was a tough five innings for the two-time Cy Young Award winning. Lincecum struck out  eight, but he also walked give and threw 108 pitches in his five innings. His velocity remained down about where it has been all season; he was typically throwing 89-90 mph with his fastball, though he did hit 92 mph on the gun.

Lincecum is going to have to keep making adjustments in order to succeed without his usual stuff. It worked out today, and since the Giants scored six early runs, it got him a win. Still, 108 pitches in five innings is far from ideal.

  1. afirst916 - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    …108 pitches, but 8Ks and 4 hits. I’ll take it.

  2. fcrraptor720 - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Washed up cy young

  3. citynative - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Extremely poor showing by Mets fans. More Giants fans there then Mets fans? wow.

  4. mybrunoblog - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Cold and damp in NYC today so that kept some fans away but it was a single admission double header so the fact that nobody showed up is not a great sign. Maybe fans start showing up when it gets warmer. Then again, maybe they won’t.

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