Tim Lincecum help San Francisco Giants blank Oakland Athletics, 3-0: MLB Update

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Tim Lincecum help San Francisco Giants blank Oakland Athletics, 3-0: MLB Update
The San Francisco Giants’ starter Tim Lincecum had an impressive day with the ball, as the pitcher tossed shutout innings to take his club with a 3-0 win over the Oakland Athletics, at the AT&T Park, on Saturday night, May 21.
Lincecum allowed just three-hits, walked none and took out six batters over nine innings to earn his fourth win of the season in a game that lasted for more than two hours. The right-hand ball thrower sent the opposition under extreme pressure right from the start to put his team into the track for their 26th victory of the season.
The batters on the other hand secured 1-0 lead in the first inning due to wobbly pitches of the A’s starter, Brett Anderson. Anderson first gave Andres Torres a walk, and then received a hit from Freddy Sanchez that allowed Torres to occupy third base. With Torres on third and Sanchez on second, catcher Buster Posey grounded out to second base to earn lead generating an RBI single.
After giving an early lead, Anderson struck back and held the defending World Series champions scoreless in his later innings. Anderson tossed five innings in total, yielded one run on five hits, walked one and struck out five batters in his fourth loss of the season.
The relievers, Joey Devine and Craig Breslow provided Anderson strong back-up as each tossed one score-less inning. Breslow threw eight strikes of ten pitches to strikeout two batters.
The Giants had 1-0 lead when Cody Ross entered for his third at-bat and singled to the left side of the field off the A’s reliever Brad Ziegler to add another run in the lead.
The A’s relieved Ziegler with J Blevins, who immediately gave away a single to Aubrey Huff allowing Ross to steal third base. With two bases loaded Miguel Tejada hit a sacrifice fly to the centre of the field, Ross the third run of the game as the Giants cemented their 3-0 shutout game.
As the A’s received a loss, they also have a bad news when their third base-man Kevin Kouzmanoff left the field in the eighth inning with a right groin strain. However, Kouzmanoff had not made any considerable performance in his three at-bats, in which he received thirteen pitches but remained hitless.
C.B. Bucknor supervised the game at the home plate while Dale Scott, Jerry Meals and John Tumpane performed their umpiring duties at the first, second and third base respectively.



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