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.
April showers bring Melky knocks.
Melky Cabrera delivered a 3-for-4 night for the Giants to break Willie Mays’ record for hits by a San Francisco Giant in the month of May with 50.
The Giants on Tuesday only mounted threats in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings — the innings in which Cabrera delivered the first of the inning for the Giants.
So since the previous Giants’ record for hits in May was held by a guy named Mays, shouldn’t we now call Melky “May-ky?”
Or we should just changed the name of the month Melky.
In the fourth, the Giants loaded the bases on singles by Cabrera and Buster Posey, plus a walk to Brett Pill. But the Giants were unable to score.
In the sixth, Cabrera’s infield single preceded Posey’s RBI double that tied the game. The Giants would load the bases again, but not score in part because first-base umpire Brian O’Nora blew the call (Please, Bud Selig, isn’t time for expanded replay?).
In the eighth, Ryan Theriot led off with a walk and went to third on Cabrera’s record-breaking hit to right. Posey plated Theriot on a sacrifice fly for the lead. Cabrera would later score on Joaquin Arias’ groundout.
For the second time in three days the Giants won a game with excellent pitching and all of their hits coming from Cabrera, Posey and Pagan.
The Giants’ 3-4-5 hitters were 7 for 11 with two runs and two RBI. The other hitters in the Giants’ lineup were 0 for 18.
If Cabrera gets one more hit on Wednesday, he’ll tie Randy Winn for the most hits by a San Francisco Giant in any month.
It’s Tim Linecum Day on Wednesday. Hopefully, it also will be Tim Lincecum Win Day as he faces off against Ian Kennedy at 7:10 p.m. The Giants have won three games in a row for the fifth time this season, but they have not won four in a row.
Barry Bonds held court before Monday’s game against the Diamondbacks.
Barry Zito held court during the game.
The left-hander had one of his better starts of 2012, which is saying quite a bit.
Zito gave up two runs on seven hits and one walk in 7-plus innings. He was pulled after giving up a leadoff home run in the eighth on just his 93rd pitch of the game.
As Tim Lincecum continues to struggle, its refreshing to get quality starts out of Zito.
And if Lincecum can’t figure out his troubles, he could always ask Barry Bonds.
The former Giants slugger seemed to think he has an idea on how to fix the Freak.
Actually, Bonds thinks he has a lot to share with the younger Giants. And he indicated he’s has discussions with the Giants to do just that.
“I had a nice conversion with (Giants managing partner) Larry Baer,” Bonds said during a visit to AT&T on Monday. “The Giants have a lot of young players with a lot of ability. And hopefully I can get the opportunity to work with them.”
MoreSplashHits has always thought Bonds would be a good hitting instructor, sharing tips on pitch selection and hitting approach with Giants hitters.
But there’s been a fog over Bonds since he retired. First, it was the ongoing witch hunt by federal prosecutors that lingered on year after year.
That pursuit ended last year with a conviction for obstruction of justice, the least of the charges brought against him.
That conviction, which is currently on appeal, may be a stumbling block in Bonds pursuit to work for the Giants.
Even if the Giants agree to some arrangement for Bonds to be a roving instructor, commissioner Bud Selig, who has never had a soft spot in his heart for Bonds, could block on the basis of that conviction.
“I’m a convicted felon of obstruction of justice and that’s what I am,” Bonds admitted Monday. “I live with that. It will never go off your mind. You never forget those things. You move on (but) I’ll never forget.”
That being said, Bonds appeared in good spirits and good health. He’s dropped 20-25 pounds since his playing days as he spends his time running and cycling. And he cheered on the Giants as he hosted some inner-city youths who earned a day with Bonds by keeping up good grades.
As Barry said, the Giants have only lost once when he’s returned to AT&T as a spectator. His hot string continued Monday, which is reason enough to keep Barry coming back to the yard.
GIANTS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 2: BOX SCORE
GIANTS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 3: BOX SCORE
Maybe the Giants should keep the pink bats year-round.
The Giants capped their six-game road trip by smashing out a season-high 14 hits in a 7-3 win over the Diamondbacks Sunday.
Every Giants position player collected at least one hit, including Charlie Culberson’s first career hit.
Culberson was called up prior to Sunday’s start as Conor Gillaspie was sent back to Fresno.
Melky Cabrera had a big game, going 4 for 5, Brett Pill belted his third homer of the season and the Giants went 4 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
Couple all that with another quality start from Barry Zito (6 IP, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5K) and it equals a series win in Arizona, a place of hardship for the Giants over the past year.
The Giants got nine hits in Saturday’s win, but only hit 3 for 15 with runners in scoring position. In fact, without Matt Cain’s bat, they may have score only two runs. Cain had a two-run double. But he also had a leadoff single in the fifth. That led to a Gregor Blanco forceout, and then steal. Blanco scored on Melky Cabrera’s two-out double.
The Giants open a seven-game homestand with a two-game set against the Rockies. Ryan Vogelsong face Christian Friedrich at 7:15 p.m. Tim Lincecum meets Jeremy Guthrie on Tuesday.
After giving up three runs in the fifth, Madison Bumgarner was steaming mad. But it wasn’t clear if MadBum was upset with the umpire or his defense. Or both.
But manager Bruce Bochy said the source of the Giants’ problems on Friday wasn’t the umpire or defense. It was the offense.
And you know what? He has a point.
The defense had its issues … again. Brandon Crawford committed another error that led to an unearned run. There was another Arizona hit that Crawford should have snared, and Miguel Montero had a double that should have been caught by Brett Pill in left for the third out of what became a three-run inning.
Despite all that, the Giants can’t expect to come to Arizona, score one run and hope to win a game.
“This offense has got to get going,” Bochy said. “We just didn’t have very good at-bats today. Defense, sure there were a couple of mistakes. I just think that you are going to break out at some point. We scored five runs in the series in L.A. and then come in here and score one. That is not going to work.”
And it wasn’t that the Giants only scored one run. It’s that they didn’t come CLOSE to scoring another.
Melky Cabrera got the Giants on the board with a home run in the first inning. After that, the Giants only got one runner as far a second base the rest of the game, and that came in the seventh when Justin Upton dropped a fly to right off the bat of Buster Posey for a two-run error.
That’s as close to a rally that they got.
The Giants’ other hits: a one-out single by Hector Sanchez in the second, and two-out single by Angel Pagan in the sixth, a two-out single by Aubrey Huff in the eighth and a one-out single by Cabrera in the ninth.
Oh, and the number of times the Giants walked on Friday: ZERO.
Matt Cain takes on Trevor Cahill at 5:10 p.m. Saturday. The Giants didn’t face Cahill in their season-opening series. The last time the Giants saw Cahill, he was pitching for the Athletics. He limited the Giants to two runs on six hits in 14 innings against them in 2011. The results of those two games were a 2-1 win for the Giants on May 20 and a 2-1 win for the A’s on June 19. Oh, and who did Cahill face on the June 19th win? Matt Cain. Yeah, it’s going to be one of THOSE days.
We heard rumblings that Huff may get his first start Saturday since coming off the DL. If that’s true, here’s our best guess at Saturday’s lineup.
- CF Angel Pagan
- 3B Conor Gillaspie
- RF Melky Cabrera
- C Buster Posey
- 1B Brandon Belt
- LF Aubrey Huff
- 2B Joaquin Arias
- SS Brandon Crawford
- P Matt Cain