A lack of run support didn’t cost Tim Lincecum his fourth
straight All-Star selection.
It’s certainly costing him victories, though.
The San Francisco Giants will try to provide some backing for
their ace as he looks to continue his dominance of the San Diego
Padres in the opener of a four-game series Monday.
Lincecum (6-6, 3.04 ERA) went 1-2 with a 4.84 ERA and 43
strikeouts in 35 1-3 innings in six starts last month, getting
seven total runs of support during that stretch. That lack of
offensive help has been prevalent in the right-hander’s last two
games, during which he’s received only one run while going 1-0 and
yielding one run and eight hits with 21 strikeouts in 14
Despite his June struggles, Lincecum was named to the NL roster
for next week’s All-Star game in Arizona, joining fellow starters
Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong and closer Brian Wilson in
representing the NL West-leading Giants (48-37).
“It’s standard,” Wilson told the team’s official website of
Lincecum’s All-Star inclusion.
Lincecum has left little doubt of his status among baseball’s
elite when he faces the Padres (38-47). He’s 6-3 with a 2.03 ERA in
14 starts against them, winning the last two by allowing two runs
while fanning 22 in 14 innings.
He dominated the division rival again April 6, holding San Diego
to one run and three hits with a season-high 13 strikeouts in an
However, Lincecum’s mastery of the Padres hasn’t been enough to
lead the Giants to many wins in the series at home lately. San
Francisco has lost nine of 11 at home to San Diego, batting .220
and averaging 2.27 runs during that span.
After scoring a season-high 15 runs in Saturday’s win at
Detroit, San Francisco failed to complete the sweep with a 6-3 loss
Pablo Sandoval went 1 for 5 to extend his career-high hitting
streak to 14 games. He’s batting .295 with two homers and seven
RBIs during the run. He owns a .329 average with 11 RBIs in 21 home
meetings with the Padres, and went 4 for 8 in a two-game split at
Petco Park in April.
The Padres are dealing with their own offensive issues, getting
outscored 9-2 while dropping two of three at Seattle after losing
Chase Headley has been a rare bright spot at the plate, hitting
.453 in the past 16 games. He’s also thriving at AT&T Park with
a .370 average and six RBIs in his last 11 visits.
The Padres turn to Clayton Richard (4-9, 4.09), who has won
consecutive starts after winning twice in his first 15 this
The left-hander last won three games in a row Aug. 13-24, and he
moved closer to matching that with Tuesday’s 4-2 win over Kansas
City. He yielded two runs and five hits in seven innings, six days
after he limited Boston to one run in five innings of a 5-1
“He’s pitched well,” manager Bud Black said. “You look at his
homework – look at the ERA, the hits per inning pitched. The wins
are going to come if he continues to pitch like that.”
Richard went 4-1 with a 2.39 ERA in six starts against the
Giants last year, winning all three in San Francisco behind a 3.44