San Francisco, CA – Paul Goldschmidt has always gotten the best of Tim Lincecum and tonight was no different. Lincecum yielded a triple to Gerardo Parra, issued a pass to Martin Prado and Goldschmidt hit a three-run homer in the first frame. That was all the Arizona Diamondbacks needed in their 7-3 victory over the Giants.
Goldschmidt is now 13 for 24 lifetime against “Le Freak” with seven home runs and 16 RBIs. He drove in four runs and extended his consecutive on-base streak to 30 games with his homer in the first. It’s the sixth longest on-base streak in Arizona’s history.
“You know Lincecum is a very good pitcher,” Goldschmidt said. “You just go up there and try to have a good at-bat. Fortunately I was able to get one there in the first inning.”
“I made a lot of mistakes today,” said Lincecum. “He was up there with four guys on in two at-bats. I had to get out of my way anyway I could.”
Angel Pagan led off the bottom of the first with a line drive single to right field and stole second. Pagan has extended his hitting streak to nine games. He is tied with Elvis Andrus, Melky Cabrera, Carlos Gonzalez and Alexei Ramirez for the second-longest active streak in the big leagues.
Michael Morse got the Giants on the board when he hit his second home run of the season bottom of the second. San Francisco tried to rally a comeback with two singles and a fielder’s choice bottom of the third. A wild pitch moved both runners to second and third base but both Hunter Pence and Morse grounded out to end the inning.
The D-backs continued to have their way with Lincecum. They added two more runs in the third with a sacrifice fly from Goldschmidt and a RBI triple from Eric Chavez. Top of the fourth Parra blasted a two-run homer to right field that hit off the wall. Parra was a double short of the cycle against Lincecum tonight.
“He was off all night,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “That was pretty evident from the get-go. You could tell he had trouble getting the ball where he wanted. He didn’t have good stuff or command.”
After throwing four innings, Lincecum’s night on the mound was over. His ERA ballooned from 6.00 to 9.90. Yusmeiro Petit came in and retired the side. The the bullpen did the rest shutting down Arizona’s offense for the remainder of the game.
Pagan went 3-for-5 getting on base as the leadoff and has seven multi-hit games this season, the most in the Majors. Both Morse and Buster Posey added solo home runs but that wasn’t enough. This was the second time the Giants did not score the game’s first run.
“I think we’re just going out there and playing with in our abilities,” said Morse. “Everyone is just trying to win ball games and drive in runs.”