Athletics 12, Giants 5
Tim Lincecum’s long locks are gone and apparently so is his
The San Francisco Giants’ two-time Cy Young Award winner
struggled again on Saturday in his fourth start of the spring. The
right-hander gave up five runs and six hits in three-plus innings,
including a long homer to Yoenis Cespedes, as the Oakland Athletics
defeated the Giants 12-5.
Lincecum is 0-2 with a 10.97 ERA. He expects to make one more
start before he slides into the rotation at No. 3, behind
right-hander Matt Cain and lefty Madison Bumgarner. But a few more
outings like Saturday’s might have Giants manager Bruce Bochy
pondering whether to move Lincecum to the bullpen, where he
excelled in the postseason last year after a rocky regular
”I had some good moments and some bad ones,” said Lincecum,
who threw 80 pitches. ”I still need to try to get my pitch count
up. But I am not finishing guys off. I had a good fastball, but it
all goes back to location.
”It’s all a matter of repeating my mechanics.”
He said he is physically ahead of where he was a year ago, when
he came into camp not in the same condition that he had been in
previous springs. He went on to finish 10-15 with a 5.18 ERA.
Lincecum struck out five and walked three. He walked Coco Crisp
leading off the game and fanned the next two batters before
Cespedes unloaded on an 0-1 pitch, sending it into the trees atop
the grass berm in left field. Lincecum said it was a spinning
slider that didn’t break.
Cespedes had three hits on the day, as did Eric Sogard and Seth
The A’s continued to tag the Giants pitchers who followed
Lincecum to the mound. Oakland finished with 17 hits and six
Sogard is making a bid for an opening-day infield spot with
perhaps an outside shot to start. His three hits included a solo
homer off Shane Loux with one out in the fifth. Sogard, who also
walked, is 21 for 39 (.538) this spring.
”We need to try to cryogenically freeze him,” manager Bob
Sogard, who has had a utility role in recent seasons, again came
into camp in the middle of the mix, according to Melvin. But the
way Sogard has been hitting, ”he has come out of the pack a
little,” the manager said.
Adam Rosales also homered for Oakland. The Giants had a pair of
home runs, including Brandon Belt’s seventh of the spring and Cole
Gillespie’s first. Belt has eight RBIs in his past five games.
Melvin was encouraged by Tommy Milone’s start. The left-hander,
who won 13 games as a rookie in 2012, gave up three runs and six
hits in 5 1-3 innings. He walked one and struck out four to earn
his second win of the spring.
”He threw much better than he has, pitched his type of game,”
NOTES: Oakland claimed 1B Nate Freiman off waivers from Houston.
Freiman, who hit .298 with 24 home runs and 105 RBIs for the San
Diego Padres’ Double-A affiliate in San Antonio, was selected by
Houston in the Rule 5 draft at the winter meetings. He must spend
the entire regular season on the A’s active roster or be exposed to
waivers and offered back to the Padres. … OF Josh Reddick is
expected to return to the Oakland lineup Sunday after leaving
Friday night’s game with a sprained left ankle. … Giants C Buster
Posey had a tough day defensively with a pair of passed balls. …
Giants closer Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless seventh. … The
crowd of 12,224 at Scottsdale Stadium was the Giants’ largest at
home this spring.