It was another big win for the Giants last night as they topped the Dodgers, 5-2, to increase their NL West lead to 5.5 games, their largest margin since ending the 2003 season with a 15.5 lead. The batting hero was former Red Sox Marco Scutaro who blooped a 7th inning tie-breaking bases-loaded single off former Red Sox Josh Beckett to drive home two runs to the delight of the sold-out AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Beckett took the loss and Santiago Casilla (7-5) earned the win. Casilla had entered the game in relief of Giants starter Tim Lincecum who went 6.1 for the Giants and surrendered a career-high seven walks.
Lincecum again failed to win back-to-back starts for only the third time this season, but at least he didn't increase his league-leading loss total to 15. It is hard to believe that this two-time Cy Young Award winner has fallen so far, so fast but his control has been an issue all season long for Lincecum.
Take a look at his career vs. 2012 numbers, then take a look graphically at the difference between Lincecum under control and out of control against the Dodgers this season.
In four starts, this season against the Dodgers, Lincecum has been effective going 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA, but an unimpressive 1.375 WHIP because of 24 hits and 12 walks in only 24 innings. You can see by his Game Scores that despite his low ERA, he was frequently in trouble.
|2||2012-08-21||W 4-1||GS-6 ,W||5.2||5||1||1||1||4||0||87||52||58|
|3||2012-06-27||W 3-0||GS-7 ,W||7.0||4||0||0||2||8||0||115||70||75|
|4||2012-05-09||L 2-6||GS-5 ,L||5.0||8||4||4||2||8||0||101||74||41|
6/27 vs. LA - 7 IP, 4H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K = SF wins, 3-0, Lincecum gets the win
9/7 vs. LA - 6.1 IP, 4H, 2 R, 7 BB, 7 K = SF wins, 5-2, Lincecum no decision
It looks right now that the Giants are postseason bound in spite of Lincecum's troubles. On the other hand, in Lincecum's last four starts the team is 3-1, and he is 2-1 with a 3.09.
Which means that on a team that has Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong at the top of their rotations, having a Tim Lincecum at #4 makes the Giants a team to be recokoned with in October...as long as he is under control.