Tim Lincecum gave up two runs in both the fourth in fifth inning that pushed the San Diego Padres to a 6-3 victory Wednesday afternoon.
Lincecum did not finish the fifth inning. After he gave up a two run home run to Jason Guzman, he walked John Baker. It forced San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy to call it a night for his right-hander.
The four runs scored in the middle of the game were not the only runs allowed by Lincecum. In the first inning, he served up a ball to Chase Headley that was hit out of AT&T Park.
Lincecum stats were hurt by the outing also. After only pitching 4.2 innings, his ERA went up to 5.88. It previously was 5.72. He had a rough start of the season, but recently seemed to be getting things under control. His ERA since the start of the second half was in the 2′s. It will be seen if the most recent start was just a blunder or if it is the truth.
For good news for the Giants, look no further than their disable list. Pablo Sandoval has yet to be listed on it, and that means there is a chance that he is not seriously injured. Of course nothing is for certain at the time, but the longer he is not put on the list the better his chances increases to come back ready to play in a couple, maybe a few, days.
The Giants next will face their rival the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers are currently 2.5 game out but have yet to play tonight. They will face the St. Louis Cardinals at 8:00 ET/5:00 PT with a chance to get within a game and a half of the division leading Giants.
The probable starter for the Giants in their first game Friday will be Matt Cain. Cain is coming off an outing that saw him pitch eight innings deep despite giving up five runs in the process. He got the win.