Despite a rough two innings for Tim Lincecum Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres, the former Cy Young winner was showing signs of his former self after giving up four early runs as part of the San Francisco Giants 6-5 loss.
The Giants rallied valiantly but in the end a pair of home runs allowed by the bullpen at the cavernous Petco Park would seal San Francisco's fate, though Lincecum's anger at himself for his poor start helped him figured out his changeup and retire 12 of the next 13 Padres, though never made a single excuse.
"Well yeah, I was definitely (ticked) off because you can see signs of stuff that happened before and you're trying your hardest to keep things from unraveling," Lincecum said. "I was just trying to collect myself, give myself a moment to vent and then get back, get focused and that's what happened."
"As a starter, you've got to put your team in a position to win," Lincecum said. "I haven't been doing that up until now. That's got to be my focus point with however many months we have left. That's what everybody's goal is when they show up: Put any issue aside and win. That's what we're here for."
Perhaps Lincecum has been focusing on the numbers too much instead of the outcome, who has in line for a victory last night until Carlos Quentin took a Jeremy Affeldt scud off his shoe tops. Timmy's reached a carrer-high seven straight games without a victory, but hopefully can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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