Tim Lincecum made a memorable start to 2015, shutting out the San Diego Padres through seven innings. The San Francisco Giants offense, however, wasn’t able to match his effort, as one run made all the difference in the eighth and the Giants fell 1-0 at Petco Park on Friday night.
Lincecum stepped to the mound for the first time this season as the fifth closer for a somewhat questionable Giants rotation, and did not disappoint through all seven frames. The Giants’ veteran allowed just four hits while walking three and striking out five in his debut. and even got a bit of contact in his at-bats. The bullpen took over in the eighth, and it was there that the Padres were able to put across one run. Jeremy Affeldt came into his third game of the season, and allowed a walk to Clint Barmes with out out. Barmes then scored on a Will Myers double off the right field wall – the first run in 22 scoreless innings for San Diego, and just enough for the win on Friday.
The Giants’ offense couldn’t find a response, as Brandon Morrow allowed just four hits and three walks while striking out seven through seven innings pitched on Friday night. Nori Aoki went-2-for-4 on the night, and is batting .429 in these first five games of 2015. Buster Posey finished his night 2-for-2, and Panik tacked on another hit as well. Unfortunately for the Giants, the offense was unable to string enough together to add on a run and was unable to help Lincecum with the win.
Tomorrow the Giants return to Petco Park for game three of this four-game series, as Madison Bumgarner makes his second start of the season, this time taking on James Shields on Saturday evening. Shields allowed just two runs in six innings in his Padres debut, giving up six hits while walking two at Dodger Stadium. Bumgarner won his first game of 2015, allowing just one run on six hits through seven innings pitched.
First pitch at 5:40pm
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