San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Live Blog: Play-by-Play Analysis
It’s strange to see a victory from Lincecum in which he does not notch at least five strikeouts. He didn’t need them, though, as the defense gobbled up everything hit their way.
Pablo Sandoval came up with the play of the night in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, A.J. Pollock hit a seed that looked like it would zip down the line for extra bases and at least two runs. A spectacular dive by the Panda took care of that.
For Lincecum, this was a start that he sorely needed. With contract negotiations on the horizon, he needs to string together a few more strong performances. His fastball had extra zip tonight and his secondary performances were all working beautifully. If he can show this consistently, big money could be in store.
Angel Pagan returned to the lineup after being out since May 25. His leadoff double in the first that resulted in him scoring on a Brandon Belt sacrifice fly was all the offense the Giants mustered up tonight. Fortunately for them, it was all they would need.
The Giants’ season is all but over but this game in particular showed a lot of promise for the future of the team. The Giants, and Tim Lincecum in particular, must build on this win.
Final Score: Giants 1, Diamondbacks 0
Sergio Romo gets the save, and Lincecum gets the win. Fantastic pitching and defense from both teams. The only run that scored was the first hitter of the game, Angel Pagan.
Lincecum shined tonight. He didn't strike many out, but he located the ball very well and very rarely gave up solid contact. The defense took care of the rest. Pagan made his presence known from the get-go, showing how valuable his speed is to the team.
The Diamondbacks couldn't muster up any sort of offense. In the one inning they did, Sandoval pulled off an amazing play to not only preserve the lead, but the game as well.
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Montero with a one-out single, Eric Chavez at the plate. The ultra-fast Campana in to run for the not-so-ultra-fast Montero.
Bottom of the ninth coming up, Giants lead 1-to-0
Sergio Romo will get the ball and try to earn the save and the win. If you love pitching and defense, this is the game for you. Some amazing plays by both teams tonight.
Giants lead the Diamondbacks 1-to-0 at the end of the eighth.
No, I'm not actually Nostradamus. But Prado just hit into an inning-ending double play.
Goldschmidt at first after drawing a walk with Prado at the plate. Prado has batted into 24 double plays this season. That's what the Giants need right now.
The Giants are retired in the top of the eighth. Big hitters coming up for Arizona: Eaton, Goldschmidt and Prado. Santiago Casilla will come in to try and hold the one-run lead. Giants fans everywhere take a deep breath.
Pagan with a one-out walk. That's what goes for a rally in this game.
Giants lead the Diamondbacks 1-to-0 at the end of the seventh.
This game might go down to the wire. Bullpens could decide the end result.
Tim Lincecum done for the night:
Final numbers: Six innings pitched, six hits, no earned runs, two walks and two strikeouts. Great night for Lincecum. He needs to build off of this start.
Javier Lopez now in the game.
From 3-run double to inning-ending groundout, faster than you can say “Pablo Sandoval.” http://t.co/jO3dTYyLjU— MLB (@MLB) August 31, 2013
Giants lead the Diamondbacks 1-to-0 at the end of the sixth.
Sandoval with a beautiful diving stop to keep the shutout intact. Full-extension dive and a laser to Belt at first. Diamondbacks strand three runners.
Pitch count now at 99 for Lincecum. He might have one more inning left in him. The way he's throwing, why not?
Bases loaded for the Diamondbacks after the walk to Hill. Lincecum needs a really needs to work for the ground ball.
First real jam of the night for Lincecum. Diamondbacks have runners on first and third with just one out. Avoiding the big inning has been the biggest problem for Lincecum. He'll try to do that now.
Based on his career numbers, a bloop single by Goldschmidt is the least of Lincecum's worries.
Delgado looks fantastic but his pitch count is now at 92. The seventh inning could be his last.
Giants lead the Diamonbacks 1-0 at the end of the fifth.
This is what the Giants wanted to see from Lincecum today. He's learning to rely on his defense instead of trying to strike everyone out. The secondary pitches—the splitter in particular—look fantastic. Top of the sixth coming up.
Great pitching duel so far. Randall Delgado has limited the Giants to just one run on three hits. Leaning primarily on the fastball and is really locating it well.
Giants lead the Diamondbacks 1-to-0 at the end of the fourth.
Buster Posey throws out Adam Eaton stealing to end the inning. Perfect throw by Posey.
Lincecum records his first strikeout of the game in the bottom of the fourth.
The Giants leave two stranded as Crawford strikes out swinging to end the top of the fourth. Hitting with runners in scoring position continues to plague the Giants. They're 26th in the league in terms of leaving runners on base, courtesy of teamrankings.com.
Giants lead the Diamondbacks 1-to-0 at the end of the third.
Adam Eaton is 2-for-2 against Lincecum tonight but has been stranded both times. Lincecum looks to have figured out Goldschmidt for now. He's 0-for-2 so far tonight.
Giants lead the Diamondbacks at the end of the second, 1-to-0.
Another strong inning for Lincecum. No strikeouts so far, really relying on his defense early. The fastball has some kick, topping out at 94 mph. The secondary pitches (splitter, slider, curveball) have looked good so far, too.
The defense has really shown up for Lincecum tonight. Brandon Crawford with a beautiful over-the-shoulder catch.
The Giants go down 1-2-3 in the second. Lincecum back on the mound looking to build on a strong first inning.
Giants lead the Diamondbacks 1-to-0 at the end of the first.
Nice start for Lincecum. Adam Eaton stranded at third after a booming double.
Marco Scutaro might see himself on Sportscenter tonight. Great diving stop and throw from the edge of the outfield grass.
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