San Francisco has the right man on the mound to help snap its longest losing stretch of the season.
After dropping five straight to conclude a 1-5 homestand, San Francisco (40-38) opened its season-high 11-game trip with a 7-3 defeat at Colorado on Thursday. The Giants are 8-18 against NL West opponents.
“Sure it is (disappointing),” manager Bruce Bochy told the Giants’ official website
The Giants hope Lincecum (8-3, 3.13 ERA) can help prevent the club from losing seven in a row for the first time since an eight-game skid June 13-22, 2007. The Giants are 8-2 in games Lincecum pitches following a loss.
However, the right-hander gave up four runs, five hits and walked three in three innings of a 5-1 loss to Boston on Sunday.
“Things just weren’t coming out like I wanted them to,” Lincecum said. “I’ve gotten a little better at not necessarily accepting it but understanding these types of outings.
“I’m trying to take something out of every game.”
Lincecum is 5-4 with a 3.62 ERA in 12 starts versus Colorado, but allowed four runs and walked five in 5 2-3 innings of a 4-0 loss May 31.
Gonzalez, who matched a career high with his 13th home run, has homered three times in his last four games. However, he’s 2 for 10 against Lincecum.
Though Chacin has lost five of six starts, one of his better efforts came May 2, when he allowed one hit and struck out seven in seven scoreless innings of a 4-1 victory at San Francisco.
The right-hander allowed five runs - two earned - and struck out a season-high 12 in six innings of a 10-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. He is 1-2 with a 2.04 ERA since June 16.
Posey hit his second homer Thursday and should continue to see more playing time after the Giants traded veteran catcher Bengie Molina(notes) to Texas for reliever Chris Ray(notes) earlier in the day.
“You have to play to show what you can do. You don’t know unless you play,” said Posey, batting .297 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 28 games since being called up from the minors. “I’m going to get more of an opportunity now.”