The San Francisco Giants found themselves amidst a pitchers duel this afternoon, usually a good thing with their ace on the mound. But unfortunately for the G-Men, Tim Lincecum was the second best Tim pitching this afternoon. The former Oakland A and current Atlanta Brave Tim Hudson was stellar on the mound as he led the Braves to a 5-2 victory at AT&T Park this afternoon.
Tim Lincecum (L 2-2) didn’t have his usual sharpness on the mound today, finishing with 6.1 innings pitched, 6 hits, 5 earned runs, 6 strikeouts, and a career high 6 walks. His 110 pitches consisted of only 62 strikes, and I get the sense he wasn’t on the same page as Eli Whiteside, playing today in place of the resting Buster Posey.
The Giants offense was held in check for the second straight game by the Braves, as their lone run came from a Cody Ross single in the 2nd. It was Cody’s first RBI and hit of the season, finishing the day 2-4; a silver lining in the dark cloud that was today’s game. Pat Burrell was 3-4 with a two doubles and a single, Miguel Tejada had an RBI sac fly, while Timmy gave himself a batting average for the year with a single today as well.
Tim Hudson (W 3-2) was locked in on the mound today, and was one out away from his 24th career complete game. He finished with 9 hits, 2 runs, no walks, and 4 strikeouts. Craig Kimbrel got his 6th save of the year.
Martin Prado had 3 of the Braves 5 RBI this afternoon, going 2-3 with two doubles. Brian McCann accounted for the other two RBI with a single in the 7th, finishing the day 1-5. Jason Heyward was 2-3 with two walks as well.
With the loss it moves the Giants to 10-10 on the season. Full box score can be found here.
The Giants will look to avoid being swept at home tomorrow as lefty Jonathan Sanchez (2-1 3.13 ERA) will take on right-hander Brandon Beachy (1-1 3.86 ERA) for the Braves. First pitch is set for 1:05 PT and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.
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