Lincecum struggles against A’s


By: Malaika Bobino

San Francisco, CA – It’s that time of the year, the end of Spring Training nears and the Bay Bridge series begins.  It’s like a mini World Series that brings two teams across the bridge to play for bragging rights.  Right now, the Giants own that by winning the World Series last year.

The Oakland A’s can certainly make an argument after winning the American League Division Series.  But more importantly for beating San Francisco 7-3 in an exhibition game at AT&T Park tonight.  The Giants had every reason to celebrate, earlier they signed General Manager Brain Sabean and Manager Bruce Bochy through 2016.  Two of the key pieces behind this ball club’s success were rewarded for their hard work.

“Four more years,” said President and CEO Larry Baer.  “Sounds like political campaign or a political announcement.  But the goos news is that there are no term limits around here for our people.”

San Francisco got off to good start behind Hunter Pence’s double and Buster Posey RBI single to give the Giants a 1-0 lead in the third frame.  However, one of two bad pitches by Tim Lincecum turned into a two-run homer by Yoenis Cespedes.

“The ball had some good movement on it,” Lincecum said.  “I missed some spots there, you know, Cespedes.  But all in all, things were coming out of the hand well.  A little bit of tough luck there but hopefully that’ll change in the season.”

This is Yoenis second home run off Tim this spring and has hit five home runs and 10 RBI’s over his last nine games.  Oakland didn’t stop there, Josh Reddick took over in the fifth when he blasted a three-run homer to right field.  The A’s 6-2 lead was unattainable at that point of the ball game.

That was also the end of Lincecum’s night.  He hurled four innings, allowing five runs on five hits and one walk with six strikeouts.  His counterpart Tommy Milone was the victor as he lasted 4.2  frames allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five.

“It’s definitely a better feeling, a night game, you’ve got a lot of fans here in a big league ball park,” said Milone.  “It didn’t feel like a spring training game.  It’s definitely a better feeling.”

But luckily for the Giants it’s an exhibition game that doesn’t count.  However, all eyes were on Tim as he finished spring training with an ERA 10.57.  The former two-time CY Young winner hopes to regain his form he once had.  He is slated to start the season in the third spot behind right-handed pitcher Matt Cain and lefty Madison Bumgarner.

“You want to take something (spring), but you don’t want to take everything just because we were down in Arizona most of the time, and it’s a different game,” explained Lincecum.  “Guys are trying different things.  But you still have to compete.  You still want to show better numbers.”