The Giants of the last two months of the season finally made an appearance after three lousy offensive performances After scoring just four runs over the first three games, the Giants doubled that total against the Reds on Wednesday, en route to a 8-3 victory. Unlike the first three games, the Giants scored early and often.
Angel Pagan led off the contest with a solo home run off Mike Leake, who was starting in place of Johnny Cueto. The Reds quickly responded with a bases loaded walk to even the score off Barry Zito. Zito walked four batters in the game, and only lasted 2.2 innings. Luckily, his offense and Tim Lincecum picked him up. Mostly Lincecum, however.
Just days after getting yanked of starting a game in the NLDS, Lincecum has found a way to contribute without starting. In fact, he’s been the Giants most effective pitcher thus far. He displayed signs of greatness on Sunday, throwing two scoreless frames, and Wednesday, he topped that performance. Pitching 4.1 innings, Lincecum struck out six, and allowed just one run on two hits. In total, he has pitched 6.1 innings in two appearances in which he has surrendered only two runs.
In the first three games combined, the Giants’ 1-3 hitters went just 4-37 at the plate. Wednesday, however, they drove in six of San Francisco’s eight runs. Gregor Blanco continued the Giants’ scoring with a two-run shot in the second inning. That notched the score to 3-1 in favor of the Giants.
The Giants would put two more runs on board with RBIs from Pagan and Pablo Sandoval, who also capped of San Francisco’s night with a two-run blast which was estimated at about 422 feet. In the process, Lincecum held down the fort. He didn’t have to craft his way through a massive jam which allowed manager Bruce Bochy to give his bullpen a much-needed break. Although, Santiago Casilla did pitch the last inning, throwing 25 pitches.
However, the Giants escape with a win. Now, the series reaches its last game on Thursday afternoon. The Giants will send Matt Cain to counter Mat Latos. Cain struggled in game one, while Latos was dominant in relief.