Giants 8, Rockies 3
DENVER (AP)—Tim Lincecum looked like he might be a hard-luck loser in his second major-league start.
Instead, Josh Fogg received that honor.
“Tough luck (for him),” Lincecum said after San Francisco’s 8-3 win over Colorado on Friday night. “He did a great job.”
Lincecum (1-0) pitched in Fogg’s shadow all evening as the Rockies hurler didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning. Lincecum thought that might have worked in his favor. He had no pressure.
“The nerves weren’t there,” he said. “I didn’t feel like I was pressing too much. I’m going to soak this one up and enjoy it.”
Lincecum received some rewards for his first career win—the game ball from Armando Benitez and Bruce Bochy’s assurance he’ll get another start.
Russ Ortiz is scheduled to come off the disabled list about the time of Lincecum’s next start, but Bochy said the Giants will figure something out.
“The plan right now is to let Timmy go,” Bochy said. “He showed us he’s tough out there.”
The hard-throwing Lincecum gave up seven hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked one.
It’s a far better showing than his debut when he gave up five runs and five hits in 4 1-3 innings against Philadelphia last Sunday.
Lincecum was throwing around 95 mph late in Friday’s game. He was also setting up the fastball with his curve. And even though he threw 112 pitches through seven, he felt like he had more in him.
“I’m used to throwing 130-to-140 pitches in college,” said Lincecum, a University of Washington product. “My arm felt good, my body felt good. The win feels great.”
He was hoping for a beer bath after the game to celebrate. But the clubhouse is now alcohol free. Instead, he had to settle for a hug from Steve Kline fresh out of the shower.
Fogg (1-4) was somber after the game. He lasted 7 1-3 innings and gave up four runs on four hits.
He took no solace in holding the Giants without a hit for five frames. Daniel Ortmeier’s leadoff double into the right-field corner in the sixth was the first hit off Fogg.
“It’s five innings. That’s the reason they play nine,” Fogg said.
Ray Durham’s sacrifice fly to deep right in the eighth accounted for the go-ahead run for the Giants.
San Francisco then teed off on the Rockies’ bullpen once Fogg had been lifted. San Francisco had four runs and six hits in the ninth, including Fred Lewis’ two-run single to give the Giants a 6-3 lead. They sent 10 batters to the plate.
McClellan and Denny Bautista didn’t fare well for Colorado coming out of the bullpen, giving up seven hits and four runs.
“We had limited options,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We have to find some other people to get some outs.”
Bochy didn’t care the Giants’ bats woke up late only that it woke up.
“Better late than never,” he said. “We got some clutch hits.”
Just 11 days ago, San Francisco scored five runs in five innings off Fogg. He had better command of his pitches Friday night, even freezing Barry Bonds on a called third strike in the seventh. Bonds stood in the batter’s box and shook his head at home-plate umpire Adam Dowdy’s call.
Dowdy had a questionable call in the Rockies’ half of the seventh when he called Fogg out for running outside of the baseline on a bunt. The Rockies would have had runners on the corners with one out.
“I was in the line,” Fogg said. “On the replay, it looks like a bad call.”
Todd Helton hit a solo shot to right off Lincecum in the sixth. It was Helton’s fourth of the season.
The 22-year-old Lincecum was unhittable at Triple-A Fresno, where he was 4-0 with a 0.29 earned run average this season. He had 46 strikeouts in 31 innings and gave up just one run.
He may not be returning—at least no time soon.
“Hopefully, there’s more wins to come,” Lincecum said.
Manager Bruce Bochy said the surgical procedure Friday on OF Dave Roberts’ left elbow went well. He’s on the 15-day DL with bone spurs. … Randy Winn’s pinch hit bunt single in the ninth extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
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