San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum dominated in his last outing against the San Diego Padres on Saturday. The Giants are hoping the right-hander will be able to do it all over again when San Francisco takes on San Diego for the second weekend in a row.
Lincecum will take the mound Friday night, just six days after shutting out the Padres in a 2-0 victory. The seventh year player gave up four hits, struck out eight batters and allowed two walks in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. The performance motivated the Giants to forget about getting swept by the Milwaukee Brewers and do a little sweeping over their own.
“I think you kind of go off of what happened in that game.” Lincecum told SFGiants.com. “You try to work off that and how that game plan worked and where it didn’t. And then you try and correct those. They could throw out a whole completely different lineup. So you’ve got to be ready for that, just study your hitters. The biggest thing was being on the same page with my catcher. So that was good.”
It will be difficult for Lincecum to repeat easily his best performance of the season for the second start in a row against the same team. However, if there is anyone capable of accomplishing the feat it is Lincecum. The Padres will know what to look for, which means the 28-year-old will have to switch up his game plan a little bit in order to stay one step ahead of the curve.
Lincecum is 2-0 with a 3.97 earned run average, 23 strikeouts and 14 walks in 22 2/3 innings over four starts this season.