SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -One of these days
believes he'll pitch a complete game. For now, the San Francisco right-hander will settle for leading the major leagues in
Lincecum pitched eight dominant innings and struck out eight to become the first pitcher in the major leagues to reach 200
this season in the Giants' 5-0 win over the
San Diego Padres
on Friday night.
''It's great to get there,'' Lincecum said. ''I've never had that many strikeouts in any season. It's cool. Everything was
going well, everything felt good.''
hit a three-run home run and
had two hits and two RBIs for the Giants, who won their third straight and sixth of seven.
Lincecum (14-3) gave up four hits while becoming the ninth pitcher in franchise history to reach 200 strikeouts in a season
and the first since
had 251 in 2004.
The Giants haven't had a pitcher lead the National League in strikeouts since
(161) in 1944. Currently, only Milwaukee's CC Sabathia (192) is close to Lincecum's total.
''That's quite a milestone for the kid,'' San Francisco manager
said. ''At this stage of the season to have 200 strikeouts, that tells you what incredible stuff he has. What's been impressive
is how he's emerged as a pitcher, too. He can throw any pitch any time.''
Lincecum walked three and didn't allow a runner to reach third. Two of the walks came with two outs in the eighth but Lincecum
to fly out to end the inning.
In five starts against the Padres this season, Lincecum has given up only three runs.
''He just doesn't miss very often over the plate and when he does it's going 95 (mph),'' San Diego's
said after going 0-for-4. ''It's different to have success against him. You basically have to wait for him to make a mistake.''
worked a perfect ninth to complete the shutout for San Francisco, which improved to 3-1 on its nine-game homestand.
Cha Seung Baek
(4-8) pitched well except for the fifth inning when the Giants scored all their runs. Baek had a career-high eight strikeouts
but lost on the road for the first time this year.
singled leading off the San Francisco fourth and took third when
hit a bloop double that got Gerut in center field. Molina followed with a two-run double to the gap in left-center. Three
batters later, Ishikawa hit a first-pitch homer to make it 5-0.
''(Baek) pitched a solid game but they didn't miss a mistake in the fourth inning,'' San Diego manager
said. ''Bengie hit it well and the home run was the death blow.''
The five-run fourth was more than enough for Lincecum, who hadn't been given more than four runs of support since June 3 when
the Giants beat the
Lincecum pitched ahead in the count most of the game while limiting San Diego to two hits over the first five innings.
Lincecum also continued his dominance of Gonzalez, San Diego's home run leader who struck out three times in four at-bats.
Gonzalez has only three hits in 20 career at-bats against Lincecum with eight strikeouts.
San Francisco's young ace, who has yet to pitch a complete game in the majors, shrugged off being pulled after throwing 115
''I would have been OK with going out there but there are other guys for that situation,'' Lincecum said. ''They don't need
to throw me out there if they don't want to. I'd love to get a complete game in there. But if I don't I'm still just trying
to do my job and give them what I can while I'm out there.''
Notes: San Francisco SS
was in the starting lineup for only the fifth time in the last 21 games. Vizquel went 0-for-3 and his average dropped to .181.
... The Padres optioned IF
to the minors to make room for RHP Dirk Hayhurst, who the team plans to call up from Triple-A Portland and start Saturday.
Hayhurst, who was 2-3 with a 3.75 ERA for Portland, will fill the hole in San Diego's rotation left when
was traded to the
Los Angeles Dodgers
. ... Padres RHP
, on the DL with a strained right forearm, will throw on the side before Saturday's game.