GIANTS 8, ROCKIES 6
The Giants rallied to beat the Rockies on Wednesday, after five relievers held Colorado to one run over the final seven innings.
That’s the good news.
And then there’s Tim Lincecum.
The Giants ace got battered by the Rockies for five runs on seven hits in two innings of work. He walked one and did not strike out a batter.
He struggled with his control, throwing only 26 of his 46 pitches for strikes.
His velocity topped out at 91 mph, a bit below the 93 mph he normally throws at. But Lincecum and the Giants were unconcerned.
“I feel like the ball is coming out fine,” Lincecum said. “If anything was a real problem, I’m sure (catcher Chris Stewart) would come out and tell me. I feel fine. Outside of the results, everything was good.”
OK, then. What exactly did Chris Stewart say?
“Nothing to worry about,” said Stewart, adding that Lincecum was just fighting to keep his fastballs down. “When the season starts, he’ll be the Timmy that we’re all used to.”
Henry Schulman of the SF Chronicle pointed out that the Freak’s spring ERAs the past four years were 4.50, 4.03, 6.94 and 4.37. Last season, Lincecum opened the spring with an outing in which he gave up three runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings.
It is just March 7. There are four weeks before the season opens. Lincecum will get five more spring starts.
No time to worry.
OK, let’s focus on happy thoughts.
- The Giants rallied with three runs in the seventh and three in the eight to beat the Rockies. The runs in the seventh were aided by four walks by Esmil Rogers, a young pitcher who has a career ERA of 6.57. The Giants pound Stephen Dodson, a career minor league who has pitched about Double-A, for three runs on four hits in the eight.
- Tommy Joseph, a 20-year-old catcher, came in late and had two RBI singles to fuel the rally. “Here’s a 20-year-old that’s really done a great job of making strides behind the plate,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “And he can hit.”
- Melky Cabrera continues to swing a hot bat, going 3 for 3 with a double, run and RBI. He’s hitting .571.
- Nate Schierholtz went 1 for 2 and stole yet another base.
- Erik Surkamp, who figures to be first in line if the Giants need another starter, struck out four in three innings of work, giving up one run on three hits.
- OF Gregor Blanco also came off the bench and went 2-for-2. A speedster, Blanco is trying to the Giants that he can hit. He’s coming being named the MVP of the Venezuela Winter League. To read more about Gregor, see this story on the Giants website.
Madison Bumgarner gets the start as the Giants face the Padres in Peoria at 12:05 p.m. PST.