San Francisco, CA – You could see the defeat in his eyes as he stood calmly taking questions. AT times he looked in disbelief as he described his rhythm and timing being off. All it took was one inning to get away from him for the Boston Red Sox to shutout the Giants 7-0.
“I didn’t do a good job of locating my pitches,” Tim Lincecum said. “The pitches that I was leaving up were middle-of-the-plate kind of up. So, I wasn’t really giving myself a chance to get out of anything.”
Lincecum scattered nine hits over five frames. He didn’t have a great start and lost his command rather quickly. Tim allowed three runs in the second inning that included a sacrifice fly, a balk and a RBI single. His excuse for the balk was that his foot slip. Lincecum’s outing lasted one batter into the sixth.
“My secondary stuff wasn’t usually biting the way it usually does, and the changes were kind of rolling into the zone as opposed to going down and away as they usually do,” said Tim.
The Red Sox scored two more runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Stephen Drew hit a RBI double and with David Ortiz hitting, Guillermo Moscoso threw a wild pitch to score in Jacoby Ellisbury. The bullpen didn’t do any better, Boston scored two more runs in the ninth to seal their victory.
“He didn’t have his good stuff tonight,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He left some pitches up and missed his spots. It’s tough when you face a good hitting ball club who are top in their division.”
Southpaw Jon Lester almost pitched a complete game. He lasted 8 1/3 innings, coming out in the ninth after yielding two back-to-back singles. Lester allowed no runs, gave up six hits, walked two and struck out three. Despite the exhausting travel his teammates endured, he traveled a day ahead to get his rest.
“I want to try and finish out each game,” said Jon. “Obviously these guys had a long day. I was fortunate enough to come in yesterday. I think for us to come in with that travel schedule, which guys aren’t normally accustomed to, and do what we did tonight, it’s big for us.”
San Francisco couldn’t muster up one run. Andre Torres was the only batter who got on base, he went 3-for-4 recording his first multi-game since June 29 in Colorado. Torres first hit came in the fourth after Lester retired the first nine batters he faced.
The Giants left their winning ways in Miami and struggled to to get on base. They left runners on but none got past second base. With tonight’s loss, the Giants are now 4-11 in 15 InterLeague games this season. San Francisco’s .267 Interleague winning percentage is the second-lowest in the Majors.
“They’ve got a good ball club, no doubt about that,” Brandon Belt said. “We have to do a better job as hitters coming in, finding a better approach and sticking to it. They did a good job of keeping us off balance and they played better than we did.”