SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -Although
readily acknowledged he was mostly awful in his first opening-day start, he left the ballpark excited about what happened.
For just about the first time since the NL Cy Young Award winner became a full-time major leaguer, he didn't have to be outstanding
San Francisco Giants
hit a three-run triple,
had three RBIs and the Giants overcame Lincecum's struggles for a 10-6 victory over the
on Tuesday in the majors' final opener.
Lincecum walked leadoff hitter
on five pitches right after heroic pilot Chesley Sullenberger threw out the first pitch, and the 24-year-old right-hander's
day got no better. He made it through just three innings, yielding three runs, four hits and three walks in a scattered performance
that included five strikeouts, but not much more to embrace.
''When you're a
winner, there's going to be a target on your back,'' said Lincecum, who will formally receive his award in front of the home
crowd Wednesday night. ''Milwaukee was trying to get aggressive, and they've got a good power team. They probably wanted to
do as many things as they could to me.''
Last season, Lincecum would have expected such a sorry performance to result in certain defeat for the Giants, who finished
29th among the majors' 30 teams with 637 runs last season, their first following
At least for openers, the Giants' new-look lineup had enough pop to cover for their young ace's struggles. Rowand hit a two-run
homer and an RBI double.
also homered for the Giants, who had six extra-base hits.
''Those guys played really good baseball offensively,'' Lincecum said. ''They were putting a lot of good swings on good pitches.
It's going to be great to see them develop and score runs this year.''
(1-0) gave up two runs during two rocky innings in his major league debut, but still got the win when Rowand put the Giants
ahead 6-5 with his two-run shot in the fourth. Molina added a solo shot in the seventh, and Winn led off the eighth with another
With an all-new infield featuring three young prospects and veteran shortstop
, Molina thinks the sport's perception of the Giants' lineup is about to change.
''This is a great example of what we can do,'' Molina said. ''When whoever goes out there and gives up a hit or some runs,
it feels good to pick them up.''
Milwaukee also didn't get much from
(0-1), who hit an RBI double but gave up six runs in four innings as the unlikely opening-day starter for a club that lost
its top two pitchers from last season's run to the NL wild card. Weeks and
hit run-scoring doubles in manager
's debut with the Brewers, who left 11 men on base.
''That wasn't very pretty,'' Macha said. ''By my count, there were 13 walks and four hit batters. We had 20 baserunners and
only got five runs. If you told me we'd get Lincecum out of the game in the third, I'd be feeling pretty good. We just didn't
pitch very well.''
Rain pelted the Giants' waterfront ballpark for most of the morning, but it abated before game time and eventually gave way
to warm sunshine, despite bleak weather forecasts. Both managers had made contingency plans for a doubleheader Wednesday,
will make his Giants debut against burgeoning Brewers ace
After walking Weeks to start the Giants' 10th opening day at their park, Lincecum also drilled
in the back and threw a wild pitch in the first inning alone, but struck out
and J.J. Hardy to avoid giving up any runs.
Ishikawa, who won the starting job at first base in spring training despite just 45 games of major league experience, lined
a shot into the deepest corner of the Giants' outfield in the bottom half, easily reaching third base while Renteria,
''They were really swinging the bats today,'' said Brewers outfielder
, who drew four walks and stole two bases. ''We were swinging pretty good, too, but we lost a couple of opportunities to keep
it close. We knocked (Lincecum) out of the game, but we couldn't push any runs across against anybody else. When we threatened
to score, they turned a couple of double plays.''
After Martinez relieved Lincecum, Weeks tied it when he scored on Lewis' overthrow from left field after
's single. Fielder then put the Brewers up 5-4 with an RBI single.
Rowand gave the Giants the lead again with his homer to left, scoring Ishikawa. Rowand hit just 13 homers in 152 games with
San Francisco last season, slumping after the break.
Notes: San Francisco's win ended a six-game losing streak against Milwaukee. ... The San Francisco crowd gave a standing ovation
to Sullenberger, who lives in the East Bay town of Danville. He also threw out the first pitch at the second exhibition at
the new Yankee Stadium earlier this month. ... None of Lincecum's starts last season was shorter than four innings. ... Martinez,
a 26-year-old New Jersey native, and Ishikawa are the Giants' only rookies. San Francisco used 24 rookies last season, tied
with San Diego for the majors' most.