After the San Francisco Giants’ pitcher Tim Lincecum made history last week with a nine inning no-hitter, the team has done it yet again with a shut-out win against the St. Louis Cardinals.
During the fourth inning, Lincecum helped avoid a bases-loaded, zero outs situation and prevented the Cardinals from scoring. The win has pushed the team past the Los Angeles Dodgers to regain the first position in the National League West.
Despite not having a performance like his no-hitter, Lincecum did an excellent job to help the Giants advance. “It prevented us from getting down and facing an uphill climb,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy.
Right fielder Hunter Pence agreed, saying, “For him to pitch out of it, it definitely gets you fired up.”
The momentum Lincecum created was then built upon to score three runs in the fourth inning after Buster Posey hit an RBI double and Pablo Sandoval hit his 100th career home run.
“We threw what we wanted to and things worked out for the best,” Lincecum said. “Things were working. Nothing was crazy nasty or anything like that, but I was trying to put them in good spots and keep them off balance.”
The Giants are attempting to come back from a less than stellar June after going 10-16 throughout the month. The June curse has followed the Giants over the past few seasons, but the team always rebounds and remains at the top of the league. Only time will tell if they have what it takes to remain at the top this season. Currently at the top of the NL West, it seems as if the slump is not going to hold the Giants back.