Tim Lincecum has pitched poorly overall this season, and his performance has been a key reason the defending world champs have struggled. Despite throwing a no-hitter, Lincecum has been very inconsistent the entire season. Last night against the Milwaukee Brewers, he looked the best he has all season except for the night he threw the no-hitter.
If the San Francisco Giants want to have any shot of getting anywhere near the playoff race, Lincecum is going to need to be at his best and he was last night. The “Freak” went eight scoreless innings only allowing one hit and one walk while striking out eight Brewers. The offense was able to give him just enough run support where he could attack hitters, and that’s just what he did.
In fact, Brandon Belt belted a three-run home run in the first inning, which turned out to be the difference in the game as the Giants won 4-1. Marco Scutaro, Brandon Crawford, and Hunter Pence all had multi-hit games for the Giants while Jean Segura, Juan Francisco and Khris Davis all recorded a hit for the Brewers.
The Giants are way out of the playoff race, but you never know. If they catch fire, they could possibly jump back into it. If they want to do that, they need Lincecum to pitch like he did last night and will also need to get production out of the top of their lineup. Their top five batters in the lineup last night combined for nine of the Giants’ 10 hits.