Tim Lincecum shrugged off his August woes with an impressive outing, leading the Giants to a 2-1 victory and a home series win over the Colorado Rockies.
The two-time Cy Young winner locked horns with Ubaldo Jiminez (17-6) for the entire evening. Each starter tossed 8 innings, with Lincecum (12-9) striking out nine and stingily only surrendering one run on five hits and a walk. Carlos Gonzalez’s solo shot (30) leading off the fourth was the only runs the Rockies would score. The Giants got to Jiminez after a two-out single by Mike Fontenot scored Jose Guillen from second in the fifth inning. Pinch-runner, speedster Darren Ford, recalled from the minors earlier in the day for the expansion of rosters, took third on a wild pitch by Jiminez and scored when Miguel Olivo’s throw went into left field, setting the final score. Brian Wilson threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his 38th save. Jiminez struck out ten in the losing effort.
In the opener, Jonathan Sanchez brought a shutout into the ninth but the Rockies rallied for two off Wilson and won, 2-1. After Sanchez walked Dexter Fowler to lead off the inning, Wilson (3-2) entered and gave up a run scoring triple to Carlos Gonzalez who subsequently scored after a throwing error by Freddy Sanchez on the play. Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth for his thirteenth save of the season. Rafael Bettencourt (5-1) picked up the victory for pitching the eighth. Jorge De La Rosa pitched seven strong innings, striking out nine, for the no-decision.
In the second game, Andres Torres broke a 2-2, eighth inning tie with his thirteenth homerun of the season and the Giants won, 5-2. After Torres’ shot off Matt Belisle (6-5) the Giants loaded the bases and Buster Posey followed with a two run double off Joe Beimel. Jeremy Affeldt (4-3) gave up the lead in the eighth on a solo homer by Melvin Mora (4), but picked up the win after the Giants rallied. Madison Bumgarner was dominant, tossing six innings of quality ball, surrendering only one run on five hits. Esmil Rogers was equally good, giving up only two runs in the same span of innings. Wilson redeemed himself by pitching a perfect ninth for his 37th save.
Great series. Timely, too. Even the blown opener was alright. The Giants showed heart and that says a lot. Perfect timing, too, as the Padres appear to be falling apart. The best part of this series was seeing Lincecum back. Wow, that is huge. Also nice to see that Pablo Sandoval’s bat is doing its thing again. Nice call inserting Ford into this game. His speed is a difference maker on the paths. However, the starting pitching is the story from this series. If they are starting to heat up, this is a perfect time. Bring on the rest of the west. This team is ready.
The Giants will next travel to Los Angeles to play the Dodgers on Friday night. The Rockies will travel to San Diego to play the Padres, also on Friday evening. Go Giants!!! Go Rockies!!!