Tim Lincecum Struggles

April 13, 2012 by staff 

Tim Lincecum Struggles, For Tim Lincecum, the shortest outing of his career felt like forever. “A lot of pitches thrown in 2 1-3,” Lincecum said after his laborious 76-pitch effort in San Francisco’s 17-8 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

“Just sloppy baseball for me,” Lincecum said. “Not really executing pitches, missing a lot, and it’s going to hurt you, especially in this park.”

Lincecum was tagged for six earned runs on eight hits and two walks in just 2 1-3 innings and he left trailing 6-0. About the only thing he had going for him on this night was that he didn’t also get tagged with the loss thanks to the Giants’ seven-run rally in the fourth inning off Rockies starter Jeremy Guthrie.

Other than that, it was all Rockies. They pounded 22 hits, half of them for extra bases as they broke out of their offensive funk in a big way and sent the Giants to their fourth loss in five game so far.

Looking to bounce back from a poor performance at Arizona in the season opener, Lincecum instead was knocked around, his ERA ballooning to 12.91.

“I actually thought his stuff was a little crisper, he was just up,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He left a lot of pitches up, a lot of mistakes when he was up in the count. Tough time putting hitters away, really across the board with the staff. Rough night for the staff.”

Bochy said he wasn’t worried about the former Cy Young award winner.

“He’ll find a way to come out of this,” Bochy said. “Overall, his stuff was better.”

Lincecum said he’s not overly concerned either about his two bad outings.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of finding the answers, per se, I think it’s a matter of grinding through it and knowing that at some point during the season we go through these,” he said. “It’s just a matter of trying to get them out of the way now.”

After watching teammate Barry Zito throw the first shutout by a Giants pitcher at Coors Field 48 hours earlier, Lincecum never saw this coming.

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