Giants back Lincecum for the win


By: Malaika Bobino

San Francisco, CA – The offense came alive and the Giants backed their starting pitcher Tim Lincecum despite a rocky start at Tuesday’s game against the Colorado Rockies.  It seemed like the second inning got away from him.

But after surrendering five runs (all earned) and three walks giving the Rockies a 5-1 lead in the inning, Lincecum regrouped and lasted through six frames. The Giants managed to turn things around for the victory, a 9-6 win over the Rockies.

“That second inning was really a doozy for me,” said Lincecum.  “After giving up those five runs and settling in, I tried to be competitive and last out there as long as I could.  The inning just seemed erratic and after I settled down, everything just fell into place.”

“It was kind of a strange outing for Tim, especially walking the pitcher,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.  “What was impressive is how he regrouped; I thought he threw the ball great.  He didn’t let the game get out of control, despite giving up five runs.  A great comeback by our guys and [Brandon] Crawford gave us life with that home run.”

A solo home run by Troy Tulowitzki extended Colorado’s lead 6-2 in the fifth frame. Collectively, the Rockies took full advantage of Lincecum’s troubles on the mound.  But there’s a reason why this team won the World Series. After Juan Nicasio walked both Gregor Blanco and Hector Sanchez, Crawford blasted a 3-run homer and put the Giants back in the game.

“They won a championship playing like that,” said Rockies manager Walt Weiss.  “They string together a lot of good at-bats.”

Hunter Pence, who extended his hitting streak to seven games, tied the game 6-6 with an RBI single to right field.  After that, the Giants’ offense erupted. Pinch hitter, Andres Torres led the eighth with a double, followed by RBI singles from Angel Pagan, Pablo Sandoval and Blanco.  Pagan went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. He now has five multi-hit contests in just eight games.

“We were having good at-bats all night, so I think it was kind of a matter of time,” Crawford said in reference to San Francisco’s comeback.

Colorado had nothing left in their tank after Nicasio’s night ended after five innings.  He allowed four earned runs on five hits, five walks and struck out two.  The Rockies bullpen fell apart as the Giants got hits in every inning except the seventh when they faced Matt Belisle.

Belisle got Brandon Belt to hit into a double play to end the sixth inning before he struck out two batters and forced the third to ground out.

San Francisco has now won eight-straight games against Colorado, which is the longest current winning streak for any Major League team against a current division rival.  The Rockies continue to struggle in trying to win at AT&T Park.

“We’re tired of it, and we’re ready to keep battling,” said Belisle.  “Yesterday was a great fight, today obviously doesn’t taste good at all, but this is a new team, and I’m not worried about what we’ve done or not done in the past.  This is a new, fresh, solid team and we need to make a statement tomorrow.”