SAN FRANCISCO -- There’s a decent chance that when Hector Sanchez and Andrew Susac get to the clubhouse on Monday they'll find Sunday’s pitch chart on their chairs.
Starting with Tim Lincecum for the first time in over a year, catcher Buster Posey called for a flood of fastballs and Lincecum responded. The right-hander shook off a rough start against the Dodgers, throwing eight shutout innings as the Giants beat the Angels 5-0 and secured a second straight sweep at home. After losing six of their first seven games at AT&T Park this season, the Giants have taken six straight here against the Dodgers and Angels.
The start of Sunday’s game was a stunner. Nori Aoki and Joe Panik both took Jered Weaver deep to right in the bottom of the first, giving Lincecum a 2-0 lead right away. Both Aoki and Panik recorded their first homers of the season, and they became just the fourth Giants duo to start a game with back-to-back homers. The last time it happened: May 27, 1964, when Chuck Hiller and Duke Snider kicked off a game with homers against St. Louis Cardinals ace Bob Gibson.
Weaver was throwing BP and the Giants took advantage. They tacked on a run in the third and Brandon Crawford drove in two with a fifth-inning double.
Starting pitching report: So, about those fastballs. Lincecum threw fastballs about 42 percent of the time in his first four starts, according to BrooksBaseball.net. On Sunday, nine of his 12 first-inning pitches were fastballs and he ended up throwing 61 fastballs out of 106 pitches. He also threw 71 of 106 pitches for strikes while allowing just three hits and a walk and striking out four.
Bullpen report: Jean Machi pitched the ninth.
At the plate: Lincecum had singles in his first two at-bats, giving him a multi-hit game for the first time since last June 25 against the Padres. You probably remember that game. You probably remember that game for reasons other than Lincecum’s hits. He drew a walk in his third at-bat.
In the field: With Justin Maxwell cooling off, Gregor Blanco got the start in right field. He tip-toed around the visiting bullpen in the top of the fifth and then reached into the first row of seats to snag Weaver’s pop-up and end the inning.
Attendance: The Giants announced a crowd of 41,516 People Who Were Checking Their Phones Constantly For Warriors Updates.
Up next: The Padres come to town, and they’ll send Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner and Ian Kennedy to the mound. The Giants counter with Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong and Chris Heston.