The San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs, 5-0, Wednesday afternoon at AT&T Park behind the pitching of Tim Lincecum and George Kontos. Lincecum, having control issues walking four, threw five innings of no-hit baseball before yielding to Kontos.
With Lincecum’s pitch count at 96 (32 in the first inning), and Lincecum developing a small blister on his middle finger, manager Bruce Bochy brought in the Kontos to start the 6th inning. Kontos retired all three batters he faced in the sixth and the first and only batter he face in the seventh.
Jeremy Affeldt, relieving Kontos, gave up a single to John Baker to end the no-hit bid with one out in the sixth and walked the other batter he faced as Jean Machi came in to get Darwin Barney and Emilio Bonifacio to end the inning and preserve the Giants’ shutout through 7 innings.
The Giants’ offense managed eight hits and scored two runs in the sixth inning and three runs in the seventh to break open a game that appeared no one wanted to win.
In the sixth inning, after Angel Pagan doubled and Hunter Pence walked, Buster Posey flied out to deep center that moved Pagan to third. Pablo Sandoval, working off a 2-2 count, got the ice-breaking hit to score Pagan and give the Giants a 1-0 lead.
Later, Tyler Colvin’s double down the left field line would score Pence, Crawford was intentionally walked as Ehire Adrianza flied out, leaving the bases loaded to end the inning.
“I know what our bullpen is capable of. I just wanted to go out there and get the win,” Lincecum said.
Hector Sanchez caught Lincecum with Buster Posey playing first base. “We have a good relationship and work well together,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez had two of the three Giants’ RBIs in the seventh inning with a crowd-pleasing double to center field. Kontos (1-0) got the win.
The Giants' 34-19 record continues to be the best record in baseball and will head to St. Louis for a four-game series starting tomorrow night.
The Cubs, 19-32, head to Milwaukee for a three-game set after taking a day off tomorrow.