Tim Lincecum had his best outing of the spring. However, the two-time Cy Young Award winner only last four innings in the Giants’ 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.
Lincecum gave up just one run on six hits and two walks. He also struck out seven batters and threw 84 pitches in his four innings of work.
Lincecum also developed a tiny cut on the middle finger of his throwing that kept manager Bruce Bochy from sending him back out to the mound in the fifth inning.
Friday’s start figured to be Lincecum’s last against spring training start against major league competition. His next turn in the rotation is slated to come Wednesday, when the Giants face the Dodgers. But Lincecum is more likely to start in a minor league game or instraquad game for two reasons — one, it allows the pitcher to work on his mechanics in a more relaxed atmosphere, and two, it keeps an NL West rival from getting a close look at Lincecum so close to the start of the season.
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Inside the box score
Aaron Rowand continued to tear it up this spring, going 2 for 3 with a double, triple, run scored and RBI.
John Bowker came off the bench to play a few innings in right field as he made his push not only to make the club, but maybe win the starting RF job. He was 0 for 2 from the plate.
Andres Torres was 1 for 3 with a walk and two stolen bases
Buster Posey came off the bench to double home Torres with the tying run in the eighth as the Giants rallied for three runs in the frame.
Eugenio Velez got the start at 2B. He was 2 for 4, but also committed an error.
Travis Ishikawa played a little LF as the Giants tried to see what versatility in the field the normal first baseman has.
Barry Zito takes to the mound as the Giants face the Angels again at 1:05 p.m. Saturday. The game will air at 2 p.m. on a tape-delay basis on MLB Network, again for no apparent reason.