Lincecum on the O's

The Orioles put up a season-high eight hits off two-time National League Cy Young Award-winner Tim Lincecum but still could only score two runs in Wednesday’s 6-3 loss.

“The team was pretty aggressive,” Lincecum said of the free-swinging O’s. “[Nick] Markakis, Luke Scott, [Julio] Lugo, those guys are getting pretty good swings up there. So, I just tried to stay aggressive and not let it eat me up out there, and make a big pitch when I needed to.”

Lincecum was effectively wild most of the afternoon, hitting double-digit strikeouts for the fourth time this season and pitching his way out of several jams. The Orioles put a pair of runners on in two of the first three innings, but couldn’t break through for a run until three straight singles in the fourth. Lincecum promptly struck out the next three batters, outlasting what looked to be abbreviated outing with the Giants bullpen in action as early as the fifth.

Lincecum lasted six frames, becoming the 51st opposing starter in 66 games to go at least six innings against Baltimore. He also struck out 10 and said his fastball command was better than it had been in previous outings.

“I guess I had four walks so at times it was getting away from me, but it felt like whenever whenever I got two strikes or a strikeout with a fastball I was hitting spots with it,” he said. “It kind of set up the rest of my pitches for strikeouts.”

1 Comment

Lincecum was the difference. O’s had him on the ropes in the first and third innings but he made quality pitches to get out of trouble. It hurts when you have 2 runners in scoring position with two outs and Jones and Tejada fail to produce. Conversely, O’s defence let Jeremy Guthrie down. Should have turned a double play in the first but Guthrie misses stabbing a grounder right back to him. Jones drops a flyball that he is under. That is the difference between winning and losing.

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