Juice: Giants' Lincecum comes up short against Padres

Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts in San Francisco, where Giants ace Tim Lincecum(notes) got his first crack all season at the division-leading San Diego Padres. He found the Padres all they're cracked up to be.

Game of the Day: Padres 8, Giants 2

They might not be Giants: In a quirk of the schedule, Lincecum had not faced the Padres since July of 2009. So it seemed like a great time for the Giants to let loose the Kraken on their first-place overlords. Alas, Timmy wasn't his dominant self; He allowed five earned runs in 3 1/2 innings — his shortest outing of the season — and was outperformed by lefty Wade LeBlanc(notes).

The Giants fell five games back in the loss column. They have time and ability to catch up. But losing a game such as this indicates they won't.

The Padres seem to pass every test they're given. They've beaten the Giants nine times in 11 meetings so far.

"It just goes to show we’re a better team than people give us credit for," Chase Headley(notes) said. "We've played well against them, but there’s a long way to go. This series, as big as it was made out to be, there's a lot of baseball left."

Ace in the hole: Lincecum has a 6.15 ERA over his past six starts. Never before had he lost three straight starts — until now.

"I've just got to find the consistency, I guess," Lincecum said. "The first inning, that was probably the biggest positive I could take from today, probably the best inning I've thrown in the last few outings. I just have to get back to that and replicate it."

Collectively, all of the Giants starters aren't any better; They're 0-7 with a 5.88 ERA in their past 12 outings.

And with the Padres such as Miguel Tejada(notes) (pictured) making plays without even looking, what chance do the other teams in the NL West have?

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They Also Played...

Reds 2, Marlins 0: Not only did the Reds get six shutout innings from Homer Bailey(notes) in place of Johnny Cueto(notes), but not once did he even try to kick anybody. It's all about the sweep, Johnny — not sweeping the leg.

Indians 9, Mariners 1: Harsh consequences for Chone Figgins'(notes) error with two outs and nobody on base in a scoreless seventh: Seven unearned runs. It's hard out here for King Felix Hernandez(notes).

Braves 13, Dodgers 1: The trick is to face Jair Jurrjens(notes) away from Turner Field. On foreign mounds, he is a mere mortal.

Rays 3, Orioles 2: Joe Maddon's glasses have a plan for Jeremy Hellickson(notes), which means he'll probably be pitching from the bullpen when Jeff Niemann(notes) and Wade Davis(notes) are healthy.

Nationals 5, D-backs 3: Only 21,695, the lowest in seven home starts, turned out for Stephen Strasburg(notes). He's not boring already, is he?

Tigers 13, White Sox 8: Nice homestand for the White Sox. That was sarcastic; They went 2-4.

Astros 8, Pirates 2: The game turned, perhaps coincidentally — maybe not — after home plate umpire Frank Drebin Alan Porter was hit on the head with the backswing of Carlos Lee(notes). First thing he's hit all year, too.

Royals 1, Yankees 0: Bully for Bryan Bullington(notes), bullying the Bronx Bullies like that.

Cubs 9, Cardinals 7: The Cubs do have a tendency to ruin things for everybody.

Twins 4, Athletics 2: Ironically, Kevin Slowey's(notes) stuff is often described as quite hittable.

Rockies 6, Brewers 5: In a microcosmic way, the great home run-saving catch by Dexter Fowler(notes) and the windblown dropsy by Clint Barmes(notes) reveal the opposing personalities of your 2010 Colorado Rockies.

Rangers 7, Red Sox 3: The Rangers are 4-3 so far in their taste test of the AL East, with the Rays coming up next. The Red Sox taste like chicken, by the way.

Blue Jays 4, Angels 1: Put 'em together and you've got "Blue Angels." But can they fly a plane? Not likely.

Phillies 3, Mets 1: At the end of the day it comes down to this for the Mets: Has anyone gotten sued, arrested or suspended today? If not, it's a win.

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