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Tim Lincecum surrenders career-high eight runs to Nationals

Jul 3, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

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Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum tossed seven scoreless innings last Wednesday against the Dodgers and limited the A’s to three runs in six innings the week before that. But the optimism built around those two outings has suddenly dissipated.

Lincecum was torched for a career-high eight runs (seven earned) in 3 1/3 innings Tuesday night in the nation’s capital. The Nationals currently lead 8-2.

Lincecum now owns a brutal 6.17 ERA and 1.55 WHIP through 17 starts this season. He has 101 strikeouts in 93 1/3 innings, but those have come alongside a whopping 49 walks.

One wonders if the Giants will skip Timmy’s final turn before the All-Star break to give him an extended period of rest heading into the second half. Something has to be done, because the waiting game has not worked.

  1. paulydefense - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Time to develop a knuckleball.

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    This kid better drop that girl maryjane quick…she’s no good for him.

  3. minimoose763 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Timmy pitching in heat is always a recipe for disaster. The swing-and-miss stuff was still there, but by the 2nd inning he was absolutely drenched in sweat. It didn’t help that Crawford made an in the 1st, allowing the lead-off runner to get on base, and forcing Tim to get his pitch count over 20. Giants played sloppy today. Ugly way to start a road trip.

    • minimoose763 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:38 PM

      Oops…meant to type “made an error in the 1st.”

    • movinonyoleft - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:50 AM

      Can’t make an error on these Nats. They run the bases too hard, and play some pretty tough D. Their bats have been connecting lately too. Just some great baseball to watch, I haven’t been able to look away in weeks.

  4. riverace19 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Mini… I’ve read every excuse in the book this season. This is the Emporer’s New clothes… He’s naked!
    The current Lincecum is dead. He either has to reinvent himself or fade into the sunset.

  5. Brian Murphy - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Nationals offense > beer league > Dodgers offense

  6. bbk1000 - Jul 4, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    So much for the special pitching mechanics his old man designed for him….

  7. kkolchak - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    I was at the game last night and it was pretty obvious that Lincecum was having a very difficult time throwing strikes with anything but his fastball. That allowed the Nats hitters to just tee off on the heat since it wasn’t topping 94 on the stadium radar indicator. Looks like he needs to make the transition from thrower to pitcher or he’s going to be in big trouble.

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