Tim Lincecum’s stat line doesn’t quite give him justice for what was a solid outing. Either way, the Yankees rode Alex Rodriguez’s 24th career grand slam (the most in baseball history) to a 5-1 victory.
With a rising pitch count, Lincecum walked Ichiro Suzuki with two outs in the seventh. This free pass coming after Lincecum allowed a single and hit a batter. And it prompted Bruce Bochy to replace him with George Kontos.
Kontos worked Rodriguez to a 2-1 count. Then came the punch in the face. Kontos’ fourth pitch to Rodriguez wasn’t a bad one. It was a couple inches off the plate, if not more. But Rodriguez’s strength, plus the short right field porch, pushed the line drive over the wall.
Three more runs were charged to Lincecum, whose ERA for the year now sits at 4.44.
Opposing Lincecum was another former Cy Young award winner, CC Sabathia. The veteran southpaw worked seven innings, allowing one run on seven hits. He struck out four and walked three.
Juan Perez, who grew up a few blocks away from Yankee Stadium, knocked in the Giants’ first and only run in the third inning. After Brandon Crawford walked and advanced to second on Joaquin Arias’ grounder that didn’t reach infield grass, Perez lined a double into center field.
Lincecum’s first blemish was delivered by Alfonso Soriano. He also took advantage of the short right field porch, flipping the right- hander’s pitch just over the wall.