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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

May 26, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

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Another night, another disappointing performance for Tim Lincecum.

The two-time Cy Young Award failed to get back on track last night against the Marlins, giving up six runs over 5 2/3 innings as part of a 7-6 loss.

Lincecum allowed just one run over the first five innings — a long solo blast by Giancarlo Stanton which actually hit the home run thing in left-center field — before coming unglued in his final inning of work. He gave up three hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly to tie the game and then a go-ahead three-run homer to Chris Coghlan before Giants manager Bruce Bochy brought the hook.

Lincecum has allowed four runs or more in four straight starts and now owns an unlikely 6.41 ERA over his first 10 starts this year. The only qualified starting pitchers with a higher ERA are Luke Hochevar, Mike Minor and Clay Buchholz.

Giants trainer Dave Groeschner assured Andrew Baggarly of after last night’s start that Lincecum is healthy, but his prolonged funk remains one of the biggest surprises of the 2012 campaign.

Your Friday box scores:

Cubs 0, Pirates 1

Royals 2, Orioles 8

Padres 1, Mets 6

Rays 7, Red Sox 4

Rockies 6, Reds 3

Blue Jays 3, Rangers 14

Tigers 10, Twins 6

Nationals 7, Braves 4

Indians 3, White Sox 9

Phillies 5, Cardinals 3 (10 innings)

Yankees 6, Athletics 3

Brewers 7, Diamondbacks 1

Angels 6, Mariners 4

Astros 3, Dodgers 1

  1. mungman69 - May 26, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    The Phillies outfielders couldn’t find a couple of fly balls and the Phillies still won.

  2. uyf1950 - May 26, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    The Yankees got off to a very nice start to what is/was a 9 game road trip, before they head back home. Nice offense, nice power and nice pitching even if was against the offensively challenged Athletics. For the Yankees putting together all 3 offense, power and pitching it hasn’t occurred all that often so far this season. As a Yankees fans I’m hoping it continues.

    • yankeesfanlen - May 26, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      At least the Yanks are back up to “Papa John’s” level offensively. On this road trip the Angels will be the true test and I’m sure we will up vs. Weaver. If we can get him pulled by the sixth, might be gathering momentum.

      • APBA Guy - May 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM

        Len and Uyf, Ross was clearly intimidated by Swisher’s obvious enjoyment at returning to Oakland. Nobody has that much fun in the Mausoleum. But the real intimidator was Cano, whose homer to dead center was a blast in that chilly evening air. Usually there’s no carry on fly balls this time of year, but Cano’s shot just kept travelling.

        But what gracious hosts we are! So thoughtful of CoCo to clank one off the glove so Cano wouldn’t feel like his perfectly squared up smash in the 3rd had been wasted. If he had elevated that rocket a little more it too would have been out.

        Nova’s curve was big and effective. But when he missed, he missed middle of the plate. Reddick’s homer was something we’ve seen before, but getting one from Kila should be a red flag to Yankees fans: that was a bad miss by Nova.

        Today has Vallejo’s own CC Sabathia against All-Ugly Team Captain Bartolo Colon, speaking of pitcher’s whose misses are eminently hittable. Expect Yankee batters to tee off the second time through the order.

      • yankeesfanlen - May 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

        APBA- Thanks for the comments, and the Yanks certainly can’t claim they’ve never seem Big Bart. Actually, I’d rather have kept him and dumped Garcia, but Brian doesn’t always listen.
        Beep-beep wil do something today, being a Saturday afternoon game, he went back to form with last night’s 0-5.
        I’m ready for a couple of A-bombs.

  3. schmedley69 - May 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Don’t look now, but the Braves are on the schneid.

    • pauleee - May 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      That phrase never ceases to amuse me.

      pauleee (schneid)er

      • natstowngreg - May 26, 2012 at 5:24 PM

        See “get off the schneid.” Amazingly, the phrase is traced back to the Gernan word for tailor. Yes, “schneider.”

  4. jimmymarlinsfan - May 26, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    I think I have reached the point where I wish John Buck was “helping” another team

    He couldn’t hit himself out of a wet paper bag right now and his AB’s are progressively getting more difficult

    • Old Gator - May 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      Correct in every detail. (That’s a John Wayne quote – free corn and cheese arepa to the first one who identifies the source.) Hint: it’s from one of two classic westerns in which Henry Fonda plays an asshole.

      However, in many cases, John Buck already is helping another team.

      To help them more explicitly, though, Scrooge McLoria would have to consent to pick up at least all but the league minimum remaining on the preposterous $18 million contract he gave him last season.

      • Old Gator - May 26, 2012 at 1:03 PM

        (Pregnant pause.)

      • Old Gator - May 26, 2012 at 1:03 PM

        And you know what the chances of him doing that are, right?

      • yankeesfanlen - May 26, 2012 at 1:44 PM

        Fort Apache, but I’m not going to spend the afternoon googling for no stinkin’ corn and cheese arepa- kick it up to at least horsemeat and velveeeeeeeeta.

      • jimmymarlinsfan - May 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM


        You have no idea how good those cheese arepas are…worth their wait in wooden nickels at the very least…but tasty as hell nonetheless.

        And Gator, I disagree…a catcher who cannot literally hit his weight is worth the money to get rid of and Loria I believe is willing to win at all costs this year…even if it costs us Yelich to acquire a catcher

  5. goawaydog - May 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    The Giants really should win any game where they score more than 5 runs. Here is hoping timmy gets it together soon. Melky is batting 533 for the last 7 days and .420 ( i am sure timmy loves that number) for May.

  6. APBA Guy - May 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    I haven’t seen any comments from OG about the Marlin’s performance last night, probably because he is being defibrillated, which I understand is part of the “Heath Bell Experience” package for fans over a certain age. Ozzie waited until the last possible nanosecond second to bring in Cishek, whose strike-three frisbee to Melky was as good a pitch in a pressure situation as I’ve seen so far in 2012.

    • Old Gator - May 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      Ackcherley, I was at a cable TV filming of a comedy club performance last night and had to follow the game on my LG StupidFone. Piece of shit. So, when I saw that the Iron Giant connected – you folks do know that he hit Tommy right where Morales hit Luke Scott, right? And that Red Grooms came storming out of his studio to accuse Slobbering Ozzie of a “cowardly act” in ordering the Giant to ding his masterpiece with his dinger, Groom thereby making his point strongly? – I just put this miserable excuse for a mental dialysis unit (a phone masquerading as a computer! I am not fooled) back in my pocket to enjoy the hilarious gutter level vulgarity of the comedians. It was like spending a night over dinner with Slobbering Ozzie except that these guys were actually trying to be funny. One of them said “did you know that there are sixteen thousand characters in the Chinese alphabet? Sheeeeeeeeyitttt, man, alphabet soup must come in a mothafuckin’ drum over theyah.” Since I was sitting right by the stage, another one asked me if I watched video porn, and I replied no, I watch Animal Planet.” Naturally, he received this gift of endless improvisational possibilities with the humility that befits the former class nerd who is doomed to spend the rest of his life clowning his way to self-respect. In the ensuing discussion I also said that I hated meerkats, and was horrified to discover that this guy didn’t know what a Meerkat was, which indicated to me that this particular former class nerd spent ninth grade hiding under his desk and has no old National Geographic issues in his bathroom to boot, so I very accurately described them as anorexic raccoons with poles up their asses.

      So in return for two and a half hours of shamelessly insinuating myself unbidden into some future cablecast (I wasn’t given a hold harmless agreement to sign so I doubt if I’ll survive the splicer), I gave up watching the Feesh game for one evening and missed what APBA Guy has so trenchantly referred to as the “Heath Bell Experience Package” (I love it, Bubba – have a Blue Bottle on me, but pay for it yourself).

  7. natstowngreg - May 26, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Before last night’s game, Tim Hudson was 14-3 vs. the Nats and 126-2 when his teammates got him at least 3 runs. [Stats courtesy of Nats TV guys Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo.] Add a loss to each.

    Last night was the Bravos’ best chance to get to the Nats’ rotation, as Ross Detwiler continues to pitch himself out of said rotation. The Nats were saved by Hudson’s very rare implosion and the bullpen.

    Chien-Ming Wang returned. Bad news: he allowed 2 inherited runners to score and left a few too many pitches up. Good news: looks like his power sinker was an MPH or two faster than last September. Not what it was in his Yankees days, but it should be good enough to get by..

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