In his second minor league start with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate Salt Lake Bees, Tim Lincecum endured another tough first inning before settling in.
He allowed four runs in the first, but only two were earned as the Bees committed two errors. After that, Lincecum let off the rust and was in command on the hill.
On the day, the former Giants ace and two-time Cy Young Award winner, tossed five innings and struck out six while walking two batters and giving up only three hits. The four runs -- only two earned -- were all that he would give up the rest of his outing.
Lincecum toed the rubber in the second inning and mowed down three straight hitters, striking out the side. Two of the three batters went down swinging.
Next inning, Lincecum was faced with the only trouble he would have the rest of his outing.
D'backs power-hitting prospect Peter O'Brien hit a liner to right field for a single to start the inning. Lincecum tried to keep him honest at first base, but threw the ball away for a throwing error and O'Brien advanced to second base.
Putting himself in a hole, Lincecum found a way out of adversity, showing he can still get hitters to swing and miss. O'Brien reached third base on a ground out the next hitter and that's when Lincecum dug deep. He kept O'Brien stranded at third, striking out Zach Borenstein for the final out of the inning.
With five innings of work on the day, Lincecum totaled 95 pitches. He sat at 88-91 miles per hour, reports Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Tuesday's start was expected to be Lincecum's last in the minors before joining the Angels, but it appears that isn't the case. He reportedly told the media after his start that he will have one more outing with the Bees and then "see how he's feeling," according to Jessica Kleinschmidt.
Lincecum is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in two Triple-A starts as he looks to return to the majors for the first time since June 27, 2015.
Here is video of Lincecum striking out Tacoma's Boog Powell in the fourth inning of his first start in the Angels system on Friday: