The San Francisco Giants and NewYork Mets gave the fans at Citi Field a real treat on Monday, taking part in a good, old-fashioned double-header after the rains came on Sunday. Tim Lincecum took the bump for San Francisco, and despite a bit of a wild outing he managed to limit the damage, while the Giants opened it up offensively for the 6-1 victory.
Lincecum (W 1-2) struggled with his command a bit in his five innings of work but allowed only one run, tossing 108 pitches on the afternoon with four hits, five walks, but still fanned eight, many with a full count. Max Baxter hit the two-out RBI double off Timmy in the second.
Lincecum as also helped by some solid defense, especially from the duo of Brandon Crawford and Emmanuel Burriss, making a beautiful double-play with the bases loaded in the fifth.
Pablo Sandoval extended his hitting streak to 15 straight after hitting an RBI single in the first, while the Giants other hottest hitter, Buster Posey, launched his second homer of the year in the second the give San Francisco the early 2-0 lead. Then it was Nate Schierholtz's turn, smashing a line drive 3-run bomb to right field in the third, finishing Brandon Crawford got some releif for his funk, hitting an RBI double in the fourth, proving all the offense the Giants would need.
Guillermo Mota, Jeremy Affeldt and Dan Otero held the Mets in check the rest of the way, holding them scoreless on four hits combined.
Miguel Batista (L 0-1) didn't last long for New York, throwing only 3.2 innings after getting roughed up for all the Giants six runs on seven hits, along with three walks and two strikeouts. David Wright went 0-4, while Lucas Duda walked three times on the afternoon.
Full box score can be found here.
The second game of the double-header is set to start abou 20 minutes after the end of game one, with Madison Bumgarner (2-1 3.63 ERA) taking the bump to face Dillon Gee (1-1 2.92 ERA) for the Mets.
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