The San Francisco Giants beat out the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta by the final of 2-1 behind two solo home runs and a good Tim Lincecum outing.
Lincecum’s start tonight for the San Francisco Giants was a decent one as he went six full innings and allowing just one run with four strikeouts and three walks. His one run allowed came in the fifth inning on a Freddie Freeman line drive to right field to bring in a run from second. This came after he walked the lead-off batter in that fifth inning.
Scoring was just as sparse for San Francisco, but Angel Pagan was able to open the scoring early with a lead-off home run on the second pitch of the game giving the Giants the early 1-0 lead.
Michael Morse was the other run of the game for the San Francisco Giants, and much like Pagan his was a solo home run. Morse’s shot was to right field and even he did not know if it would reach the fence or not. It looked like he got a bit of help from the wind too since it seemed to hang in the air quite a bit. His home run ended up being the game winner as well as it pushed the game to a 2-1 Giants lead, so he’ll be glad he got the help.
In the bottom of the ninth Sergio Romo was called upon to close out the game after Jeremy Affeldt and Santiago Casilla kept the door shut in the seventh and eighth innings.
Romo was able to get the first two outs with no issues, but when B.J. Upton came up to bat it was a different story. Upton was able to get on base after hitting a single to left, then while Freeman was up to bat stole second without a throw.
Freeman would eventually get to a full count and earn a walk making him the game-winning run on first base. After him was Justin Upton, and after a seven-pitch at-bat Romo beat him with a called strike on the inside corner to end the game. The save was Romo’s eighth of the season and after making it ineteresting gets the job done winning it for the San Francisco Giants.
The win means the San Francisco Giants are now 18-11 on the season and have won three-straight as well as seven of their last eight. They’ll look to continue their winning ways tomorrow night in Atlanta in game two of the series.