Lincecum Gets First Win After Three Straight NDs
Former Husky Tim Lincecum got back in the wins column Saturday as his San Francisco Giants beat the Astros, 2-1 at AT&T Park.
Lincecum, the 2006 Golden Spikes Award winner as a Husky junior and two-time NL Cy Young Award recipient, squared off against Roy Oswalt in a repeat of the season opener for both teams.
The righty from Liberty High School had a somewhat unusual start in that he walked five and struck out only five, both the worst totals of the season for him. However, he gave up only one run on three hits over eight innings, and Brian Wilson pitched the ninth for the save.
Lincecum had gone three straight starts without a decision after opening the year with victories in his first four starts. In each of those three straight no decisions, Lincecum had left the game with the lead.
Saturday vs. Houston, the Giants almost squandered the lead in the ninth as the Astros loaded the bases and Kazuo Matsui fouled off a bunch of two-strike pitches before flying out to end the game.
Lincecum is now 5-0 with a 1.76 earned run average and leads the league with 69 strikeouts.
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