By: Malaika Bobino
San Francisco, CA – At one pointitlooked like the Giants were in good hands. Despite Tim Lincecum allowing a leadoff home run in the second frame, he got into a groove to strikeout eight and retire nine batters in a row.It was his sixth quality start of the season, despite a no decision in the 6-3 loss to the Marlins. Through five innings Lincecum was dialed in throwing strikeouts across the plate. But he was one strikeout away from closing a shutout inning that got away from him.
“We’ve been going to them a lot,” said Tim. “They’ve been so outstanding that it’s easy to go to them when a starter struggles. I know I’ve been a culprit to that. It’s about taking it upon yourself to go deeper in games.
Lincecum failed to hold a 3-1 lead as the Miami scored twice in the sixth. He threw a fastball to Logan Morrison, who also homered in the second and tripled scoring in Ed Lucas. Marcell Ozuna whose been a thorn in San Francisco’s back hit a RBI single.
After Tim’s exit in the seventh the bullpen took over and fell apart. The Marlins scored three runs in the eighth and Jean Machi retired none of the three batters he faced. He allowed back-to-back infield singles and an infield hit that scored in a run.
The bullpen has been taxed and it’s starting to show. The absence of Santiago Casilla has hurt since recovering from knee surgery. Machi has been available six times in eight days, Jeremy Affeldt appeared in his fifth game in seven days and Chad Gaudin moved up after Ryan Vogelsong’s injury.
“They’ve been used a lot and they’re tired,” said manager Bruce Bochy. “I think we’ll be ok tomorrow.”
Miami keep the hits going with two more RBI singles in the eighth. At that point the Giants defense also collapsed. Luckily it’s a four game series with two more game to go. San Francisco was lucky that Andres Torres injury was just a bruise while sliding to third in the sixth.
Torres went ahead of his double and was tagged out at third to leadoff the inning. He misjudged his ball bouncing off the wall and kept going. Had he stayed at second who knows where the game would’ve gone but sometimes mistakes can happen.
“I had an X-ray that revealed nothing is broke,” Torres said. “When I dived I really hit my knee hard. I thought I had a shot and tried to make something happened. But he threw me out and that was a decision I made and it didn’t work out.”