Inconsistency plagued Tim Lincecum during a career-worst season
in 2012, and he’s still trying to recapture the form he was
accustomed to having earlier in his career.
He’ll look to build off his latest victory while helping the San
Francisco Giants win for just the second time in five games
Saturday night against the host Colorado Rockies, who ended their
lengthy losing streak against their NL West rivals in the last
Lincecum went 10-15 with a career-worst 5.18 ERA in 2012, and
the two-time Cy Young Award winner pitched mainly out of the
bullpen in the postseason during San Francisco’s run to a World
He didn’t get off to a great start this season, either, but has
showed signs of turning things around. After allowing five runs in
each of his previous two starts, Lincecum (3-2, 4.07 ERA) gave up
two hits in seven scoreless innings of a 5-1 win over Atlanta on
“I’ll take it,” Lincecum said. “But I’m not jumping up in the
air right now. … I’m happy about it, but it’s still a work in
progress. I’m still working to get better.”
One of Lincecum’s worst outings came against Colorado on April
9, when he allowed six runs – including a homer to Troy Tulowitzki
– in six innings before San Francisco rallied for a 9-6
Lincecum, though, is 4-1 with a 3.79 ERA in his last six starts
at Coors Field. He’ll look to help the Giants (24-18) bounce back
after their 10-game winning streak over Colorado was snapped with
Friday’s 10-9 loss.
The Rockies (22-20), who haven’t won back-to-back games since an
eight-game run April 12-20, got a tie-breaking grand slam from
Jordan Pacheco in the fifth before fending off a San Francisco
rally in the late innings.
The Giants came back from six down Thursday to win the series
”We know they’ve had our number over the last couple of years.
They’re the world champions, so you have to go through them
eventually,” manager Walt Weiss said. “We know all that stuff.
(We’ve) got to go out and play well, find ways to win games.”
Buster Posey homered and is hitting .484 with six home runs over
his last 17 versus the Rockies, while former Colorado second
baseman Marco Scutaro went 3 for 5 and is hitting .467 during a
14-game hitting streak against his former team.
Scutaro’s overall hitting streak reached 16, batting .485 in
Tyler Chatwood has been recalled from Triple-A to make the start
for Colorado on Saturday, and he’ll be tasked with slowing a San
Francisco offense that has scored at least five runs in six of its
last seven contests.
After giving up five hits in six scoreless innings of a 12-2 win
over the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 29, Chatwood (1-0, 3.00) was
sent back to the minors with Jhoulys Chacin coming off the disabled
The right-hander now is taking the roster spot of Jeff Francis,
who is out with a strained groin.
“Anytime you go down (to the minors), you want to prove yourself
and keep proving yourself,” Chatwood said.
Weiss lauded Chatwood, who is 1-2 with a 2.93 ERA and one save
in three starts and one relief appearance versus San Francisco.
“His command has been much better, and he was throwing the ball
well (in Triple-A),” Weiss said. “I like the way he competes.”
Despite Friday’s win, the Rockies have dropped 12 of the last 15
home meetings with San Francisco.