San Francisco, CA – Tim Lincecum looked like “vintage Timmy” in his last start. Tonight he struggled periodically allowing three hits over six innings. His counterpart however, threw seven shutout innings that led to the Giants 5-0 loss to the Marlins.
“It was a quality start, three runs, six innings,” said manager Bruce Bochy. “That’s not bad. The way we’re swinging the bat, you take your chances with that, but we just got shut out.”
San Francisco was shutout for the third time this season and the second time on this seven-game homestead (they were blanked Tuesday night vs Atlanta). Tom Koehler had his way with the Giants allowing four hits and no runs.
Koehler earned his first win of the season, snapping a three-game road losing streak. Tonight was his fourth start of the season pitching at least 7.0 innings while not allowing a run. Miami scored their first run in the second after Lincecum gave up a pair of walks.
“I don’t think I had a clean inning except the first,” Lincecum said. “Just take away the positives. There were some. That sixth inning kind of bit us.”
He walked back-to-back batters, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Marcell Ozuna. The next batter, Adeiny Hechavarria singled on a line drive to right field scoring in Ozuna. By the sixth the Marlins added on two more runs. But what appeared to be the game changer was another challenge.
“That play to [Brandon] Hicks, was costly,” said Bochy. I’ve looked at it. It’s hard to tell. They may have a different angle, but I couldn’t tell to when they could overturn that, but it’s obvious they saw it. It’s such a huge play. There’s one out, runners on second and third, chances are you’re going to get a least one run in.”
Miami challenged the play and successfully got it overturned in the second. Hicks hit a double off the wall in right field. As he rounded the bases, he forgot to tag first base, the Marlins manager Mike Redmond immediately asked for the replay while the Giants had two runners in scoring position. The play was overturned and Koehler forced Brandon Crawford to fly out to end the inning.
“I thought I touched it,” Hicks said. “I felt like I did a little bit, but I looked up at the same time. I was trying to find where the ball was at.”
Casey McGehee leadoff the sixth with a double and Garrett Jones followed with a RBI triple. Then Saltamacchia added on another run with a sacrifice fly. Luckily Lincecum struck out the next batter and forced Hechavarria into a force out to end the inning.
“Anytime you get out of an inning, wether it’s a big play defensively or a strikeout on a good pitch, I think it kind of carries momentum into the dugout,” said Koehler. “That’s what we’re trying to do, just get the offense as excited as they can be for their at-bats coming up.”
San Francisco’s bats stayed quiet another night. Unable to score any runs yet they were able to get on base. Koehler walked Michael Morse and Hector Sanchez hit a bloop single to left field putting two on with two outs. Koehler struck out Gregor Blanco to end the threat leaving two runners stranded.
After his 17-hitting streak ended yesterday Giancarlo Stanton blasted a solo home run to right field making it his 12th home run of the season and is now tied for the second most home runs in the Majors. Miami’s offense stayed “hot” scoring two more runs in the ninth.
Hunter Pence bobbled Hechavarria’s fly ball which advanced him to second on a double. Pinch-hitter Jeff baker singled to score in Hechavarria to extend the Marlins lead to 5-0. The Giants tried to rally back bottom of the inning when Morse singled right between the legs of closer Kevin Slowey to center field.
Sanchez followed with a double of the right field wall, he tagged first base along the way. Pinch-hitter Buster Posey bunted and was out at first, Hicks hit a line drive to third baseman. Slowey walked Brandon to load the bases but pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin truck out swinging to end the game.