Tim Lincecum said the juices were flowing in his first spring start as the right-hander worked two solid innings in a 9-6 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Lincecum struck out the first batter — Ryan Roberts — on three pitches. He ended up giving up one run on three hits.
”I kinda surprised myself that first batter,” Lincecum said. “The first game, against an NL West rival, the adrenaline was flowing. I almost jumped into the grass cutout. But I told myself to calm down and the second inning was a whole lot better.”
Lincecum was only slated to pitch one inning Saturday, but worked efficiently enough to get through two, throwing 21 of his 33 pitches for strikes.
”Yesterday it was one inning,” Lincecum said. “Today it was 40 pitches and we’ll see what happens. I’m fine with that. You want to get as much work in as you can.”
Other highlights and lowlights
- Angel Pagan overran a single off the bat of Justin Upton on his first chance as a Giant. Pagan committed a whopping 10 errors — more than half his career total — last season with the Mets.
- Left fielder Melky Cabrera threw out Upton trying to score from second base on a single. He also doubled home a run.
- Brandon Belt, playing DH, made a strong opening statement, going 3 for 4 with a home run and two runs scored.
The Giants will play split-squad games at the Brewers and Diamondbacks on Sunday. Both games begin at 12:05 p.m. PST