The Giants ended spring training in Arizona on as high a note that you can — with a win over the hated Dodgers and a solid outing from ace Tim Lincecum.
Lincecum pitched in a minor league game against the A’s Double-A players. He threw 97 pitches, giving up no runs on five singles and four walks in six innings. He also struck out eight. He hit 95 mph on the radar gun.
“I felt like I had the right stuff,” Lincecum told the San Jose Mercury News. “The breaking balls, both of them, were good. Change-up was good. Fastballs feel like their getting life on it. I feel ready for the season.”
It’s a good sign for Giants fans, who had seen stellar outings from Cain, Zito, Sanchez and Wellemeyer, and not Lincecum. But, by all accounts, he looked ready to go next Monday in Houston.
In the game against the Dodgers, Eugenio Velez was 3 for 5 with a triple, run, RBI and stolen base. Juan Uribe hit a home run.
The Giants broke camp with 38 players still on the roster. That number must be reduced to 25 by Monday. Barry Zito takes the mound as the Giants return home to San Francisco to open a three-game series with the A’s. Game time is 7:05 p.m. and it’s on MLB Network. Friday night’s game, which is expected to feature Matt Cain on the hill, also will be on MLB Network.