MLB Game Summary - San Francisco at Seattle|
(Saturday, June 16th)
Final Score: Seattle 7, San Francisco 4
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Franklin Gutierrez hit a go-ahead, pinch-hit
single in the sixth inning on Saturday and the Mariners defeated the Giants,
Brendan Ryan added a two-run base hit later in the sixth, helping the Mariners
halt a six-game skid. Casper Wells and Jesus Montero both hit a solo homer in
the first inning.
Hisashi Iwakuma (1-0) tossed two scoreless innings of relief to secure the
win. Starter Kevin Millwood, who was coming off a no-decision in a combined
no-hitter, was charged with four runs -- three earned -- over five frames.
Jeremy Affeldt gave up Gutierrez's go-ahead hit, but Tim Lincecum (2-8) was
charged with the run and has now lost a career-high six straight games.
Ryan Theriot went 3-for-5 with two RBI for the Giants, who had won 10 of 14
coming in, including the opener of this three-game series on Friday.
In all, Lincecum gave up five runs on five hits. He walked two, struck out six
and was relieved by Affeldt after allowing a leadoff single to Montero in the
sixth. Hits by Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley loaded the bases before
Gutierrez slapped a grounder towards third. Joaquin Arias backhanded the ball,
but his throw to first was late and Montero crossed the plate for a 5-4 lead.
"He was throwing well," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Lincecum's outing.
"Looked like a good night for him after the first inning. I know he's taking
it hard, he was pitching his heart out...it's hard to explain because he is
so good at times. Then he has his hiccup innings and has a tough time staying
out of the big inning."
Ryan's subsequent single up the middle capped the scoring.
The Giants have now lost each of Lincecum's last nine starts, although they
did battle back to take the lead after Wells and Montero got to the two-time
NL Cy Young winner early.
They manufactured a pair of runs in the third inning, which began with a
Brandon Crawford double. Gregor Blanco then reached on an error by first
baseman Justin Smoak and Theriot scored Crawford with a line drive to right.
After a double-steal, Buster Posey tied the game with an infield single.
San Francisco took a 4-2 lead an inning later on consecutive two-out RBI
singles from Theriot and Melky Cabrera. The base hits plated Brandon Belt and
Crawford, who reached with a walk and a single, respectively.
Lincecum began to unravel in the fifth, allowing a leadoff single to Ackley
before issuing a four-pitch walk to John Jaso. A sacrifice bunt advanced the
runners and Ichiro Suzuki delivered and RBI single before Jaso scored the
tying run on a wild pitch.
"He's a great pitcher (Lincecum) and it's easy to see why," Mariners manager
Eric Wedge said. "I thought we did a good job of squaring up some fastballs
and laying off some tough changeups as well, which I think made a difference
The Giants are now 2-12 in games that Lincecum has started this
season...Millwood had not pitched since leaving after six hitless innings
against the Dodgers on June 8. Five Mariners relievers combined to work a
final three hitless innings in that one.Seattle has homered in nine straight
games, its longest streak since an 11-gamr stretch in 2009.
06/17 02:50:51 ET