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Tim Lincecum walks seven, beats Dodgers anyway

Apr 4, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT

Tim Lincecum AP

Tim Lincecum‘s awful spring, in which he gave up 18 runs in 15 1/3 innings, only added to the Giants’ doubts about what they’d get from their two-time Cy Young winner this season. They’re probably no closer to figuring it out after Lincecum walked seven yet still defeated the Dodgers on Wednesday.

Lincecum surrendered just two runs in five innings, and both were unearned. The first came on a passed ball from Hector Sanchez. The second came on a sac fly following an error from Buster Posey at first base. Meanwhile, the Giants offense came through with five runs off Josh Beckett in the 5-3 victory.

The Lincecum-Sanchez pairing was a constant in the second half of last year, and while that wasn’t supposed to carry over in 2013, it was a convenient option tonight with normal first baseman Brandon Belt ailing. If the Giants decide that Lincecum and Sanchez need to stick together, then Belt could see time in left field to make room for Posey at first base.

Lincecum’s performance tonight made him the first pitcher since old Giants teammate Jonathan Sanchez to walk seven and allow no earned runs in a start. Sanchez did it against the Naitonals on April 30, 2011 when he allowed just one hit in five innings. Prior to that, Edwin Jackson walked eight in his no-hitter for the Diamondbacks on June 25, 2010.

Lincecum matched his career high for walks, which he established against the same Dodgers team just last September (again in a victory). His walk rate increased for the third straight year last season (90 BB in 186 IP).

  1. Marty - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    I know the Dodgers are not firing on all cylindars yet, but the giants still look like they’re on top.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:35 AM

      How can you even say that after 2 or 3 games?

      • Marty - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        I just use the iOS keyboard that pops up when I click reply.

  2. baymac408 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    I LOVE how every year the GIANTS are an under dog!! Wtf is it gonna take for us to get some respect from anybody outside of the bay?? We were doubted heavily in both championship runs… Every series we were “supposed” to lose!! 2 championships in 3 years but yet the dodgers are favored in our division let alone whole MLB predicting we aren’t favored at all?? WAKE UP WORLD GIANTS ARE FOR REAL

  3. baymac408 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    I hate the whole LA bandwagon fan theme!! GIANTS FOR LIFE NO MATTER WHAT! GO GIANTS

  4. riverace19 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    His velocity looked better he hit 92 consistently on his heater but slider and change location was poor didn’t remember him throwing many curveballs.
    His control issues continue and he squirmed out of a few spots which won’t happen every night. Nothing has changed with Lincecum except his hair from last year, unfortunately.

  5. riverace19 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Also I have no horse in the Giants – Dodgers rivalry but it’s good for baseball and the #1 rivalry right now. Sox Yanks is dead, Cubs Cards has been dead, Phils Braves still has some legs.

  6. norcalsportsknowledge - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Sanchez didn’t help Timmy out at all behind the plate, terrible frame jobs, with Buster behind the plate he ONLY walks 5. Sanchez needs to become a better defensive catcher, this staff is too talented to have a poor receiver. He’s definitely on the team for his bat.

    • nineroutsider - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      I couldn’t agree more – Posey should catch everyone, but Timmy has lost his command. His pitching motion is all over the place. His pitches still look nasty at times, so he hasn’t lost that he just needs to locate. Hopefully he can tighten up that motion, but its a weird one. It has to be given his size.

  7. barroomhero80 - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:08 AM


  8. baymac408 - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    Your right NorCal!!

  9. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    Sadly, when I tuned in to this game to enjoy Vin Scully’s broadcast on the MLB TV freebie week, I could only find the Giants broadcast. This of course left me sobbing hysterically on the floor, until I saw that the D-Backs had gone into extras, so I watched that one on into the night. Can’t look a gift horse in the mouth and all that, but the fact that some complete morons decided that most of us would rather hear the SF crew than Vinny is a very alarming thing (realizing that such people are allowed to vote and have offspring!).

    • bgrillz - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:43 AM

      Scully is great,and absolute legend, no one disputes that.The Dodgers broadcast was local TV only. As a Giants fan, I want nothing to do with anything LA, so I didn’t have an issue with it.

  10. Old Gator - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Can you imagine what a great pitcher Lincecum would be if they’d just give him his weed back?

  11. larryboodry - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Never should have cut his hair.

    • abaird2012 - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      He was bad last year with all his hair.

  12. sisqsage - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    This game wasn’t about Lincecum. He did this a ton last year too, so nothing has changed. It’s about the Dodgers, who have outspent everybody else and still have no leaders. Going into the season, the Dodgers’ brass had reason to question whether Mattingly was the right guy, and those questions will just persist. Hard to see him making it past the all-star break.

  13. coloradostupid - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:13 AM


    • coloradostupid - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Sorry Dodger fans – they’re your problem now. We feel your pain in Boston.

  14. historiophiliac - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Relatedly, Matt Kemp is pretty — his at-bats were less so.

  15. riverace19 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Yah Vin Scully is a legend and his voice is what summers are made of… But Duane Kuiper is a very close second and Krukow is a great color guy. As a neutral fan Kuiper is just fine with me. I’ll always remember his call for Cain’s perfect game last year… Top shelf

  16. baymac408 - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    He does need his trees for real

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