Well, it was a quality start for Tim Lincecum. We can at least say that.
For only the second time this season, Lincecum notched a quality start, giving up two runs (one earned) in seven innings. He walked five and struck out six, giving up four hits in a 112-pitch outing.
But as it turns out that wasn’t enough to get him, nor the Giants, a win.
While Lincecum avoided the big inning that has haunted him so much this season, he was again bitten by poor pitch selection.
With two out in the sixth, Lincecum was facing Paul Goldschmidt, a hitter who is 6 for 11 with three home runs off Lincecum.
Lincecum started off by throwing a high hanging curveball. Then with the count 1-0, he tried a low curveball, which Goldschmidt dug out and drove over the left-field fence.
It would have been better for Lincecum to work around Goldschmidt and instead go after Chris Young, a batter Lincecum has had better success against. And if he decides to pitch to Goldschmidt, don’t give him anything he can hit out to left … like a curveball.
It should have been fastballs and changeups away. Make him hit it out to right.
Some may say with the Diamondbacks adding on two runs in the seventh and the Giants held to one run, it didn’t really matter.
But if Lincecum gets out of the sixth still tied at 1-1, it’s likely the Giants would have gone with someone other than Steve Edlefsen out of the bullpen.
Lincecum can at least take this outing and build off of it. He’ll get the Cubs next on Monday. Another chance for another solid outing.
Melky Cabrera collected his 51st hit of May in the ninth to tie Randy Winn for the most by a San Francisco Giants hitter in a month.
The Giants take Thursday off before opening a four-game set with the Cubs.