Tim Lincecum was highly-inefficient, as the Atlanta Braves took the rubber match from the San Francisco Giants by a final tally of 3-0.
Lincecum needed 108 pitches to get through six innings of two-run ball, working himself in and out jams. A 24-pitch first inning paved the way for Atlanta’s first run on Freddie Freeman’s two-out single. Lincecum hung a changeup, and Freeman tapped into left center field.
The right-hander’s only other blemish came during a 26-pitch third inning, when B.J. Upton doubled to score Justin Upton.
And Lincecum continued to skate on thin ice.
After Upton’s single made it 2-0, Lincecum intentionally walked Brian McCann to load the bases. Next up was Chris Johnson, who quickly fell behind 1-2 in the count, but he worked it back full before grounding into an inning-ending double play.
Lincecum’s final three innings required a total of just 37 pitches. He surrendered one unearned run on Andres Torres’ error. Torres misplayed Ramiro Pena’s single, allowing the ball to roll past him. Pena coasted into third and he scored on Jordan Schafer’s sacrifice fly.
The Giants’ offense, meanwhile, was nearly nonexistent in the clutch.
With the bases loaded in the fourth inning, Justin Upton snagged Joaquin Arias’ blooper to save Julio Teheran from two runs charged against his ERA. The hapless Arias hit into more bad luck in the sixth, when his ground ball that was headed towards center field was knocked down by the shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Nick Noonan’s effort to pick up Arias failed, as he fouled out weakly.