“I’ve put myself in a big hole and I feel I’m finally crawling out of it. There’s still the crooked numbers but the innings outside of those, I feel better.” — Tim Lincecum, Tuesday night. Read More
Logan Forsythe led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run off Steve Edlefsen as the San Diego Padres snapped the Giants’ four-game winning streak with a 6-5 victory Tuesday at Petco Park.
The Giants loaded the bases in the top of the ninth against Padres closer Huston Street (1-0), fresh off the disabled list, but he escaped the jam by getting Buster Posey to ground out to end the inning. Read More
Paul Goldschmidt homered and Ian Kennedy won for the first time since April 22 as the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the Giants with a 4-1 victory Wednesday.
Kennedy (4-5) won his fifth straight start against the Giants while allowing one run over 7²⁄³ innings on a career-high 122 pitches. David Hernandez worked around a leadoff single in the ninth for his first save. Read More
The Oakland A’s salvaged the series finale against San Francisco on Sunday by scoring four times in the fourth inning to beat the Giants 6-2.
Collin Cowgill hit a two-run single, Josh Reddick homered and Bartolo Colon pitched five innings, giving up six hits and striking out seven for the win, as the Athletics ended an 11-game losing streak at AT&T Park dating back to June 2003. Read More
The media treatment of Giants pitchers Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito early in the season this year demonstrates a total disregard for recent history.
Lincecum struggled badly coming out of the gate, and there were numerous reports wondering what had gone wrong. Nothing. Lincecum has often had these spells of ineffectiveness, as recently as August, but they’re more than balanced by his longer periods of dominance. Read More
Monday night’s game at AT&T Park was supposed to be a low-scoring duel between two of the league’s best pitchers, but that theme didn’t even last one inning as the Giants lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2.
With each team’s ace on the mound — Tim Lincecum for the Giants and Roy Halladay for the Phillies — both teams loaded the bases in the first inning, with the Phillies scoring four times and the Giants one. Each team added a run in the fourth to round out the scoring. Read More
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Tim Lincecum had a chance to stretch out, pitching four innings in a game for the first time this spring and virtually shutting down the Kansas City Royals to earn the win in the Giants’ 2-1 victory Monday.
Lincecum, who had been roughed up in his previous spring starts, entered the game with a 13.50 ERA, but knocked that down to 6.75 after keeping runners off the basepaths, facing the minimum number of batters through the first three innings. Read More
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — In baseball, it’s great to be known as a terrific defensive outfielder.
It’s not so great, though, to be known as a fourth outfielder.
So this is the year for Nate Schierholtz to break through.
Schierholtz, after years of serving as a reserve — he was a key defensive backup in the drive to the World Series in 2010 — is set to start in right field. Read More
They’re just a baseball team this year, the Giants, not the champions, not the club with the attention, baggage and impossibility of doing what nobody had done for more than a decade — repeat.
“I don’t think any of us knew what was coming,” Tim Lincecum said. He meant about the season of 2011, disappointing mainly because understandably it couldn’t match the season of 2010, the championship season. Read More
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Giants closer Brian Wilson had no doubts Monday. No worries, either. He knows there is speculation. But let somebody else worry.
“If there’s a save opportunity on Opening Day, I’ll be saving the game,” Wilson said. “I’m ready.”
Wilson emerged from his third bullpen session at the Giants’ spring-training camp free of pain and full of confidence about the state of the injured elbow that haunted him and his teammates last year. Read More