Giants 6, Mets 1
At times, Tim Lincecum was every bit an ace. At others, all over
”I didn’t feel like I had a good rhythm,” he said.
Lincecum posted his first win of the season despite another
uneven performance, Nate Schierholtz and Buster Posey homered and
the San Francisco Giants beat the New York Mets 6-1 Monday in the
first game of a doubleheader.
Slightly over 1,000 fans were in the stands when the opener
began on a windy, raw afternoon better suited for the Bay Area and
perhaps 10,000 were bundled up at the end. A rainout Sunday forced
Madison Bumgarner was set to pitch the second game for the
Giants against Dillon Gee. San Francisco had won seven of 10
Battered in his first three starts, Lincecum (1-2) allowed one
run in five innings and struck out eight, often throwing his
fastball past the Mets. The two-time Cy Young winner also walked
five and gave up four hits in lowering his ERA from 10.54 to
Lincecum admits he’d been overthinking his recent outings.
”Your head’s spinning and you’re going to 50 different answers
trying to get one,” he said.
”We get caught up in negatives so easily,” he said, ”and
forget about the positives.”
Lincecum got help on his 108th and final pitch. With the bases
loaded, one out and the Giants ahead by five runs, Ike Davis hit a
grounder up the middle. Second baseman Emmanuel Burris stopped the
ball and made a backhanded flip with his glove to shortstop Brandon
Crawford, who barehanded the toss and turned a terrific double
Lincecum won his fourth straight start against the Mets, never
permitting more than one run in any of them. Shaky in the first
inning this year, he struck out three of the first five
”I can’t always expect big results,” he said.
Miguel Batista (0-1) lasted only 3 2-3 innings in a spot start.
The 41-year-old righty began the game by pitching out of the
stretch – fittingly, the Giants had runners on base against him all
”I missed my location I would say three times, cost me two
runs,” Batista said. ”Posey hit a good pitch, I was surprised.
The other guy, it was right down the middle.”
Pablo Sandoval hit an RBI single in the first, but was thrown
out trying to stretch it into a double. Posey followed with his
Schierholtz hit a three-run homer in the third, set up by first
baseman Davis’ two-out, none-on error. Schierholtz also tripled and
singled and Crawford added an RBI double.
Mike Baxter doubled home the Mets’ run in the second after a
The Mets lost for the fourth time in five games. A bright spot
for them: Jeremy Hefner, promoted hours earlier from Triple-A
Buffalo, pitched three scoreless innings in his major league
NOTES: Posey is 2 for 2 for two homers against Batista. …
Sandoval has a 15-game hitting streak. The San Francisco record at
the start of a season is 16 by Willie Mays in 1960, STATS LLC said.
… Marlins SS Jose Reyes makes his return to Citi Field on Tuesday
night when Miami visits the Mets. ”He was a dynamic, exciting
player for us. I think he deserves a warm reception from our
fans,” Mets GM Sandy Alderson said. ”I hope he gets a good
reception.” … Johan Santana (0-2, 3.97 ERA), pushed back a day
by the rainout, starts for the Mets on Tuesday against Marlins ace
Josh Johnson (0-2, 5.94). … Matt Cain (1-0, 1.88) starts for the
Giants on Tuesday night at Cincinnati. … Giants 2B Freddy Sanchez
(dislocated right shoulder) begins a rehab assignment Monday night
for Class A San Jose. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the team had
mapped out an 18-day rehab for Sanchez.