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Revenge of the Coors Field mound: Tim Lincecum takes mid-delivery spill during ugly outing

Mark Townsend
Big League Stew

Ironically, it was less than 24 hours earlier that we rehashed Tim Lincecum's accusatory comments on the Coors Field mound in September 2010 that had everyone (myself included) turning into expert lip-readers.

Of course that became temporarily significant again because of the interesting exchange between Troy Tulowitzki and Madison Bumgarner on Friday night after a baseball was taken out of play at Tulowitzki's request as he was running the bases. Rather than a continuation of bad blood, though, it turned out to be nothing more than an honest request and a miscommunication. Everyone went about their merry way heading into Saturday night's game in Denver. But maybe the mere mention of that incident stirred up some spirits at Coors Field.

Well, that, or maybe Tim Lincecum just can't catch a break these days, because the struggling former Cy Young Award winner ended up taking an embarrassing tumble on that same mound in the fourth inning of Colorado's 10-2 victory.

It happened right in the middle of his 1-1 delivery to Charlie Blackmon when his plant leg slipped right off the rubber. He's actually pretty lucky he didn't suffer a sprained ankle or even a knee injury considering the torque and pressure put on his lower leg, but he bounced up and carried on with the only downside to the mishap being a balk that awarded the runner second base.

Well, I guess there was some downside to staying in the game, too, because the Rockies immediately went back to bouncing Lincecum. Their own pitcher, Tyler Chatwood, made Timmy pay for his balk by delivering a two-out, RBI single. Colorado tacked on a two more in the fifth on Wilin Rosario's two-run homer deep into the left field seats.

When all was said and done, Lincecum had allowed six earned runs in five innings, which was better than Bumgarner's line the night before, but certainly not what the Giants needed during this uncharacteristically tough stretch for their starting rotation.

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