Giants’ Offense Sparked By Sandoval In 5-0 Win

The Giants have needed any break they can get over these past few weeks. The competition certainly got lower after finishing a series with the MLB-best A’s and ushering in the NL’s worst team, Arizona. Tim Lincecum continued his stretch of great pitching, going seven shutout innings, striking out six while only yielding three hits. Timmy 2.0 has come to play in his last four starts, posting a 0.30 ERA. This marked the first time Timmy has won four consecutive starts since April 5-23 of 2010. He even held nemesis Paul Goldschmidt to an oh-fer. The Giants’ offense was firing on all cylinders. Pablo Sandoval got the offense going early with a two-run homer into the arcade in right. The offense continued to go to work in the second, when Brandon Crawford singled to score Tyler Colvin with no outs. With runners on first and third, Lincecum came to the plate and put down a clean safety-squeeze to plate Panik, making the score 4-0. Sandoval continued his hot hitting in the fifth with an RBI double, his third RBI of the game, plating Pence. The Giants rode vintage Tim Lincecum and solid offense to an impressive win over Arizona.

Notes: Before the game, the Giants activated Marco Scutaro, who had not played all season with back problems. In a corresponding move, Brandon Hicks was designated for assignment. He hadn’t gotten a hit since June 9th. Arizona’s catcher Miguel Montero was named to the NL All-Star team to replace Yadier Molina, who tore a ligament in his thumb and will be out 8-12 weeks. Former Giants hero Cody Ross was greeted with a standing ovation in his return to AT&T Park. Mark Trumbo, playing in his first game since April 21 because of a stress fracture in his foot. Giants first-round pick Tyler Beede, a pitcher from Vanderbilt, made his first visit to AT&T Park to get a sense of the big-league experience. He recently signed a contract with a $2.6 million signing bonus.

-Ben Leonard

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