In a rematch of the 2010 World Series, the Texas Rangers exacted some revenge, pummeling Tim Lincecum, who was the winning pitcher in the deciding Game 5 of that World Series.
Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton each hit two-run doubles off Lincecum to take the rubber game of the series as the Rangers beat the Giants 5-0 on a warm Sunday afternoon.
“Oh, finally we got a win, we were like 0-11 [at AT&T Park],” Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said after the Rangers won two games in the three-game series. “The World Series was already done so we weren’t really thinking about that, but it’s always fun to come here and play.”
Alexi Ogando, Robbie Ross, Mike Adams, and Joe Nathan combined on a three-hit shutout. Until this series, the Giants had not been shut out this season, but they were blanked twice in three games by the Rangers.
Lincecum hasn’t exactly lived up to his nickname as “The Franchise.” If anything, his struggles this season have hampered the Giants from taking the lead in the National League West.
Lincecum (2-7) does not like pitching in warm weather and was tagged for five runs on nine hits and four walks in 5¹⁄³ innings. He has lost his last five decisions and the Giants have gone only 2-11 in his 13 starts.
“I’ve been trying to right what I’ve been doing wrong,” Lincecum said. “Just some poor execution on some put-away pitches, leaving the ball up in the zone and not executing, that’s the biggest problem. It’s up to me to take control of what I can and that’s one pitch. That’s what we live on is executing our pitches, and when we don’t, we pay for it like today.”
Leading 1-0 in the fourth inning, Mitch Moreland singled to left, and Craig Gentry reached on a sharp ground ball hit to third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Ogando intended to sacrifice, but his bunt was perfectly placed past Lincecum and between Sandoval. Ogando ran harder to first base than was necessary and strained his right groin, forcing him to leave the game.
“It feels pretty bad and I don’t know the extent of the damage,” Ogando said through an interpreter.
Ogando had retired the first nine batters he had faced.
With the bases loaded, Kinsler hit a two-run double to put the Rangers ahead 3-0. Ross was brought in to replace Ogando and quickly retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning.
Lincecum would not make it out of the sixth inning. The Rangers loaded the bases for the third time in the game, and Hamilton delivered the knockout blow with a two-run double to right, sending Lincecum to the showers.
“He had some ups and downs and gave up some runs, but then settled down and made some great pitches,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s an at-bat away from a quality start. We’ll keep working and that’s all you can do.”