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Nov 16, 2012 10:04pm
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DENVER —Tim Lincecum hasnt changed a thing on the mound. Pat Angerer Jersey . His recent turnaround,
he says, is the result of an old-fashioned gut-check. Lincecum won consecutive
starts for the first time since April, Hunter Pence had three RBIs and the San
Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 8-3 Sunday for a three-game sweep. “I
just wanted to dig deep,” Lincecum said. “I knew this was a big game for us. We
wanted to get this sweep. Obviously, were half a game ahead (in the NL West)
right now and we want to keep putting the foot on the pedal.” Lincecum (6-11)
worked around five walks, allowing one run and five hits in six innings. After
going 4-9 with a 5.26 ERA in 18 starts from the start of May through July 25, he
is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his last two outings against the Mets and Rockies. “I
think its just the competitiveness,” Lincecum said. “I dont think anything is
different. Im not throwing any harder, obviously. Im not throwing any different
kind of pitches. I think its just the conviction on the pitches. Every pitch
before you throw it is with a purpose.” The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner
had not won consecutive starts since April 23 against the Mets and April 28
against the Padres. In Lincecums previous appearance at Coors Field, he gave up
six runs in 2 1-3 innings on April 11. He had a rough go of it in the first
inning Sunday, when he faced seven batters, threw 36 pitches, issued two walks
and gave up two hits, including Jordan Pachecos RBI single. “This is one of his
guttiest efforts,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “That first inning, he wasnt
too far from coming out. For him to regroup and give us six solid innings, that
was pretty impressive.” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Lincecums ability to work
out of the first-inning jam was the defining moment of the game. “We had Timmy
on the ropes,” Tracy said. “We were one swing away from him being out of the
game in the first inning, which leads to what took place over the course of the
game. The big hit that wouldve changed their entire day from a pitching
standpoint and couldve changed our entire day, we werent able to get that.”
After losing seven of eight coming into the series, the Giants swept the Rockies
for the first time since a four-game set last Sept. 15-18. They totalled 35 runs
at Coors Field after scoring six in their prior three games. Tyler Chatwood
(1-2), recalled from Double-A Tulsa before the game to take the rotation spot of
injured Christian Friedrich, allowed three runs—one earned—on two hits and
four walks in 3 1-3 innings. Pence, acquired Tuesday from Philadelphia, had a
run-scoring groundout in the first. He hit an RBI double in the fifth for a 4-1
lead and had another run-scoring double in a three-run seventh that made it 7-1.
He entered hitting .118 (2 for 17) with two RBIs in his four previous games with
the Giants. “It felt good to get some hits that counted and you feel like part
of the team,” Pence said. “Whenever you can contribute, its very uplifting. We
played good ball during this series, had a lot of fun. Im getting to know
everyone and just settling in. It feels really good and Im really excited about
this whole opportunity.” Marco Scutaro capped the Giants seventh with a two-run
double. Melky Cabrera tripled leading off the ninth and scored on a single by
Buster Posey, who got a day off from catching but started at first base.
Colorado, swept twice during a 1-8 homestand, pulled to 7-2 in the seventh on
Carlos Gonzalezs RBI single. With the bases loaded and one out, Sergio Romo
relieved Javier Lopez and struck out Matt McBride and Wilin Rosario to end the
threat. San Francisco scored its first three runs without a base hit.
Angel Pagan drew a leadoff walk in the first and scored from third on Rosarios
passed ball. Ryan Theriot reached on Pachecos fielding error at third base and
scored on Pences groundout. NOTES: Pablo Sandoval, on the 15-day DL with a left
hamstring strain, took grounders at third base before the game and Giants
manager Bruce Bochy said Sandoval is on course to be activated in about a week.
... The Rockies placed LHP Jonathan Sanchez on the 15-day DL with biceps
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