Tim Lincecum put together another strong outing Tuesday night to stop the San Francisco Giants four-game losing streak and begin the month of July on a good note as they blanketed the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0.
Lincecum threw eight shutout innings and ran his scoreless streak to 17 innings to improve his record to 7-5 on the year. For the second straight start, the Freak threw exactly 113 pitches and 73 of them were for strikes. It also marked the second time in his career he threw shutouts in consecutive starts since May 2011.
He tossed seven shutout innings on May 4 of that year against the New York Mets in a 2-0 Giants win and followed that in his next start by throwing eight scoreless innings on May 10 in a 1-0 Giants win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Giants are 11-6 in his starts this season and the team recorded its seventh shutout of the year.
Pablo Sandoval reached a milestone last night by smacking his 100th career home run in the bottom of the fourth and now ranks 28th all-time in Giants franchise history. It was his 50th career homer at AT&T Park. Hunter Pence drilled two hits on the night and now has 29 multi-hit games on the year, tied for second most in the National League.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said on Tuesday that Angel Pagan suffered a minor setback with his back injury and will fly to Los Angeles today to see renowned spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins. Bochy also said its's possible that Brandon Belt could rejoin the team this Friday in San Diego when the Giants open up a three-game series against the Padres.
Bochy said Belt's thumb is a little sore and the team won't rush his return. Belt is batting .588 (10-for-17) in his rehab games with Class A Advanced San Jose and Fresno. The Giants have two games remaining on this homestand before starting a five-game road trip.
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