San Francisco Giants 7, Philadelphia Phillies 2: Tim Lincecum is all smiles after Freaky Friday

San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum pitches in the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Friday, July 20, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


Tim Lincecum talked about some funny things that were going on out on the mound Friday.

But unlike the funny things in his many of his previous starts this season, the Freak was able to laugh of Friday’s freaky stuff.

The first funny thing came in the third inning when Lincecum fielded a comebacker, threw to Buster Posey at first, then started to walk toward the dugout.

One problem: there were only two outs, and the Philadelphia fans let him know it.

“They all together were like ‘What the hell is this guy doing,’ ” Lincecum told the San Jose Mercury News. “I was like ‘All right, I’m an idiot for a minute. Now let’s go back to the mound.”

The second incident, which Lincecum admitted was less funny than the first, came when his foot slipped off the rubber while starting to deliver a pitch to Ryan Howard. The resulting fall led to a balk, which allowed Shane Victorino to score the game’s first run in the fourth inning.

But unlike earlier this season, Lincecum was able to pitch around the mishap and limit the damage to one run.

His Giants’ teammates would reward him with a five-run sixth inning that included a grand slam by Brandon Crawford, and Lincecum had his first road win since April 23.

It’s his second quality start of the season on the road (the first coming in that near disaster in Oakland).

It was his second consecutive quality start — only the second time he’s done that this season. Since the All-Star break, he’s allowed two earned runs in 15 innings with 17 strikeouts and three walks.

“I’ve got two outings that are good behind me, and now it’s about working on that next one,” he said. “I’m not saying by any means that this is: ‘I’m back.’ I’m just trying to get back to that consistency.

“I can use this as my springboard.”

Friday’s outing was the one Giants fans were worried about. After wilting in the East Coast swelter in starts in Washington and Pittsburgh earlier this week, Lincecum was glad to see temps in the 70s in Philadelphia on Friday.

Now his next two starts will come next Wednesday at home against the Padres, then July 31 at home vs. the Mets.

Friday’s start figures to be Lincecum’s last in a potential hot and humid location. If the rotation holds to form, Lincecum would start Aug. 5 at Colorado then miss a four-game set in St. Louis. Then his starts are scheduled to fall like this

  • Aug. 10 vs. Colorado (at home)
  • Aug. 15 vs. Washington (at home)
  • Aug. 21 at L.A. Dodgers
  • Aug. 26 vs. Atlanta (at home)
  • Sept. 1 at Chicago Cubs
  • Sept. 7 vs. L.A. Dodgers (at home)
  • Sept. 12  at Colorado
  • Sept. 18 vs. Colorado (at home)
  • Sept. 23 vs. San Diego (at home)
  • Sept. 29 at San Diego

In total from here out, that’s eight home starts and five road starts. A good recipe for the Freak the rest of the way.


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