May 7, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit-Kyle Terada, USA Today Sports.

Giants Look to Take Series Over Braves, Lincecum Looks to Bounce Back


The San Francisco Giants’ offense has done well this year, and lately the offense has exploded.

Paul Maholm and Tim Hudson, two talented pitchers, allowed 12 earned runs in eight innings on Friday and Saturday against the Giants. On Saturday, Gregor Blanco knocked in four runs off of the bench, Pablo Sandoval homered, Buster Posey reached three times and the Giants won 10-1. Now, the Giants are 22-15.

Tim Lincecum is 2-2 with a 4.75 ERA, so he hasn’t been great this year. He gave up three runs in five innings in his last start against the Braves, a 7-1 loss for the Giants. Lincecum went seven innings in his last start, but he gave up five runs and took the loss as well. Lincecum has turned in some decent outings, and he’s looking for another one today.

He’ll have to face a solid Braves offense and a dominant pitcher in Kris Medlen, who has a 3.25 ERA. He has received some bad luck this year, as he is 1-4, but he’s still a great pitcher who can carve up any lineup. The Giants are fifth in the league with a .266 batting average and eighth with 169 runs, so they will be hard to beat.

San Francisco is a half-game ahead of the 21-15 Braves, and it is 6-3 in May. The Giants are one game ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West, and they can build on their lead with a win today.

Find out if the Giants can win at 1:05 PM PST, when the first pitch is thrown. Then, check back on Golden Gate Sports for complete postgame coverage.

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