Lincecum, Giants serve A's 7-2 St. Paddy's Day loss

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Lincecum, Giants serve A's 7-2 St. Paddy's Day loss

BOX SCORESCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Tim Lincecum worked around five extra-base hits for his second spring training win.The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner lasted six innings, the longest of any Giants starter this year, and Ryan Theriot, Angel Pagan and Pablo Sandoval homered in Saturday's 7-2 split-squad win over the Oakland Athletics.With a brisk wind blowing and his long hair flowing, San Francisco's ace fought through a couple of inconsistent early innings.

"He threw well, got better as he went. He was throwing all his pitches for strikes and got in a groove there," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "They were aggressive, but he kept pounding the strike zone."
BAGGARLY: Lincecum trying something new -- pitching to contact
Lincecum gave up six hits, including three doubles and two triples, didn't walk a batter and struck out four.Lincecum was a bit surprised that he was only at around 48 pitches through four innings."After I heard that, I thought, Not bad.' I wasn't worried so much about the pitch count and I could let the ball go," he said. "The fact that I had no walks was huge for me. When I was behind in the count, I was able to throw a wrinkle down the middle, like a two-seamer."Lincecum got help from his defense. Right fielder Nate Schierholtz threw Kila Ka'Aihue out at the plate on a single by Daric Barton that ended the fourth inning. Barton, who went hitless in his first eight spring training at-bats, drove in Oakland's first run with a second-inning double off Lincecum.Chris Dominguez, moving over from third base to start at first for the Giants after Aubrey Huff was a late scratch due to back stiffness, ran down a couple of pop fouls with his back to the plate.
BAGGARLY: Huff scratched with lower back tightness
"We had a couple of those plays. Getting those guys out helps keep the game close," Lincecum said.Theriot's home run was a two-run drive in a four-run fourth."We got some good at-bats," Bochy said. "The ball was carrying with the wind blowing a bit. It is good to see Theriot start to get his timing down."Theriot, who played for World Series champion St. Louis last season, should be a solid option at second base with Freddy Sanchez coming back from shoulder surgery. Sanchez was the designated hitter Saturday.Pagan, acquired from the New York Mets in the Andres Torres trade, was 2 for 4 after missing the previous two games when he had a wisdom tooth pulled.Closer Brian Wilson, coming back from elbow soreness that caused him to miss the final week of last season, gave up an unearned run, a hit and two walks in the seventh inning, his third spring training appearances.
BAGGARLY: Wilson wants to be ready for 162"Willie was a little off with his command," Bochy said. "He couldn't get the ball where he wanted 'NOTES: Huff will not see action until Tuesday at the earliest, Bochy said. ... RHP Ryan Vogelsong (back) had another strong bullpen session and likely will have one more side session before pitching in a game. ... Oakland OF Collin Cowgill, making a bid for an opening-day roster spot after being acquired as part of a trade that sent pitcher Trevor Cahill to Arizona, had two hits to raise his average to .424 (14 for 33).

Blach only lasts three innings as Giants get mashed by Mets in loss

Blach only lasts three innings as Giants get mashed by Mets in loss

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO -- Yoenis Cespedes had three hits including a two-run homer and Lucas Duda had three hits including a solo blast as the New York Mets defeated the San Francisco Giants 11-4 on Friday night.

The win snapped the Mets' four-game losing streak. They had lost seven of eight.

The Giants have lost 10 of their last 11 games, 12 of their last 14 and 19 of their last 24.

Along with Cespedes and Duda, Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores and Michael Conforto all had three hits.

After being held to five runs over their last three games, the Mets broke out their hitting slump, combining for 20 hits.

All but one Mets starter (Jose Reyes) had at least one hit and all but two (Reyes and Cabrera) drove in at least one run.

Seth Lugo (2-1) won for the third time in his last four starts. He gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings and was 1 for 2 with one RBI.

Gorkys Hernandez hit a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth off Lugo that spoiled his bid for a fifth straight quality start.

Cespedes' ninth homer of the season highlighted a six-run second inning in which the Mets sent 10 batters to the plate.

Cespedes had a double in the sixth that highlighted a three-run inning.

In 13 games since coming off the disabled list Cespedes is 17 for 43 with seven extra-base hits including three home runs.

He's 8 for 18 with three home runs in his last four games at AT&T Park going back to last season.

Ty Blach (4-5) gave up seven runs in three innings. He's 0-3 with a 6.84 ERA in his last five starts.

Cabrera was activated from the disabled list and inserted into the New York Mets' starting lineup at second base rather than shortstop and he said he wants to be traded. Cabrera had three hits Friday night.

The 31-year-old, a two-time All-Star and a veteran of 11 big league seasons, had not started at second since Sept. 28, 2014. The Mets started Jose Reyes at shortstop against San Francisco on Friday night and Wilmer Flores at third.

TRANSACTIONS:

Mets: Second-round draft selection Mark Vientos signed out of high school for a $1.5 million signing bonus. The infielder was the 59th overall selection in this year's draft. . The Mets also signed their third- and fifth-round picks, OF Quinn Brodey and 1B/OF Matt Winaker (both from Stanford). . Brodey signed for a $500,000 bonus and Winaker for $280,000.

Giants: LHP Bryan Morris was designated for assignment and Steven Okert was called up from Triple-A Sacramento.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (separated left shoulder) threw 45 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday at the team's spring training complex in Scottsdale, Arizona. . Utilityman Eduardo Nunez went on the 10-day DL with a hamstring injury. The Giants activated 3B Conor Gillaspie (back spasms).

UP NEXT

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (6-3, 394 ERA) has allowed one earned run over 17 innings in his last two starts. He's 3-1 with a 3.62 ERA in five career starts against the Giants. San Francisco RHP Johnny Cueto (5-7, 4.42) is 1-6 with a 4.13 ERA in his last nine starts. He's 4-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 12 career starts against the Mets

Morse reveals he barely remembers Harper-Strickland brawl after concussion

Morse reveals he barely remembers Harper-Strickland brawl after concussion

Giants reliever Hunter Strickland received a six-game suspension for his involvement in a May 29 benches-clearing brawl with Bryce Harper and the Nationals. Harper originally was suspended for four games before winning his appeal and served a three-game suspension. 

But the player who has lost the most amont of time came sprinting from first base trying to break up the melee. 

Michael Morse clashed heads with Jeff Samardzija and went crashing down. He has been out since with concussion symptoms and revealed Friday he barely remembers anything from the fight, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

After missing nearly a month of games, Morse feels much better, though effects from the concussion are still there. Every day Morse goes to Stanford for testing and therapy and still deals with lingering symptoms like dizziness once he raises his heartbeat and headaches. 

If Morse ever joins the reeling Giants is a question in itself. 

San Francisco currently has the second-worst record in baseball at 27-48 behind only the Phillies and have already started to shift to younger players. No matter, the 35-year-old Morse wants to be a part of the team. 

"You know me," Morse said to reporters before Friday's game. "Whatever happens, happens. I'm a happy-go-lucky guy. I'm happy to be with these guys. They're going through such hard times.

"I want to be with them, if not on the field, then off the field, helping them mentally if not physically."

In 24 games this season, Morse is batting .194 with just one home run. If his time has come to an end, the one home run was one to remember. 

Morse, in his first game back with the Giants since 2014 launched a pinch-hit solo home run to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Dodgers on April 26. The fan-favorite raised his hands at the crack of the bat, bringing back memories of Game 5 of the 2014 NLCS.