At first glance at Tuesday’s start, it seems like the same old story for Tim Lincecum.
One bad inning.
Lincecum gave up four runs on five hits — and just one walk — in six innings of work. All four runs (not to mention four of the hits and the lone walk) occurred in the second inning.
In the other five innings, Lincecum set down 15 of the 16 batters he faced. Carlos Quentin’s sixth-inning double was the lone baserunner in those innings. All eight of Lincecum’s strikeouts came after the Padres’ four-run second.
But even the second inning wasn’t as terrible as it looked.
It started off bad, with a Quentin home run followed by a Chase Headley double.
After John Baker flied out, Logan Fosythe walked, then Everth Cabrera singled home the second run.
But this is where Lincecum almost escaped without further damage.
Anthony Bass, attempting to sacrifice, bunted hard to Brandon Belt, who threw out Forsythe at third. But in making the glove exchange, third baseman Joaquin Arias dropped the ball, preventing an inning-ending double play.
However, on second glance, the Giants were lucky to get one out on the play.
Replays showed that Arias not only came off the bag before catching the ball, it’s not even clear he caught the ball cleanly at all. So could have easily had been bases loaded with one out.
That’s important because Cameron Maybin then hit a Lincecum changeup off his shoe tops for a broken-bat, two-run double.
Lincecum said: “Nine times out of 10 if I throw that same pitch to him, maybe it’s a double play.”
Well, as long as Starlin Castro isn’t your shortstop.
But after the second, Lincecum shut down the Padres and gave his team a chance to rally, which they did by tying the game with a three-run sixth.
The Giants even took the lead in the seventh, giving Lincecum the chance to get the win.
But home runs in the eighth by Quentin and in the ninth of Forsythe (his first career home run) turned a possible win into a Giants loss — the seventh consecutive loss in a Lincecum start.
Since May 4, the Giants are 0-7 in Lincecum starts; 19-5 in starts by the other four starters.
Madison Bumgarner starts against Clayton Richard in a funky San Diego 3:35 p.m. start.