While his future remains unclear, Tim Lincecum hasn't seemed to let that affect him in his most recent starts.
Having won back-to-back outings for the first time this season, the San Francisco Giants right-hander will try to add to that streak Wednesday when he faces the San Diego Padres for the first time since his no-hitter in July.
Although Lincecum's contract is set to expire after this season, the Giants so far haven't engaged in any significant talks with the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner and member of two championship clubs.
"There's going to be a time when I'm going to have to weigh my options," Lincecum told the team's website. "I've had a great time here with the Giants. I respect the organization and stuff. With that we'll see if the relationship goes further or not. I can't say that exactly right now. I can't decide."
Perhaps some of the Giants' hesitancy regarding Lincecum is that he's 47-52 with a 3.86 ERA in his last four seasons after going 33-12 with a 2.55 ERA in his Cy Young -winning years.
However, he also provided San Francisco (61-77) with one of its highlights in this disappointing season, his first career no-hitter in San Diego on July 13. Lincecum struck out 13 and threw a career-high 148 pitches while becoming the first pitcher to pull off the feat at nine-year-old Petco Park.
Lincecum went 1-4 with a 5.40 ERA in his six starts after that game but has done his best lately to end another inconsistent campaign on a positive note. He's 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA in his last two games and had one of his better outings of the season Friday, pitching six innings in a 1-0 victory in Arizona.
Lincecum would appear to have a good chance at another strong performance Wednesday as he's 2-1 with a 0.79 ERA in three starts against the Padres (62-76) this season. He'll try to move San Francisco back into a tie for last place in the NL West after it lost 3-2 on Tuesday.
Lincecum is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his last four road starts and will pitch opposite a struggling Eric Stults (8-12, 3.81), who is 0-5 with a 4.91 ERA in his last eight overall outings. The left-hander is also 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA in his last four starts and gave up four runs over 5 1-3 innings in a 9-2 defeat at Dodger Stadium on Friday.
"I think that the results were frustrating for me," Stults told the team's website. "I gave up some hits, but felt better than the results."
Stults, however, is 5-2 with a 1.91 ERA in his last 11 home starts and 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA in his last two matchups with San Francisco. He allowed one run over six innings in his most recent one, a 10-1 win July 14 at Petco.
Will Venable , who signed a two-year contract extension with San Diego on Tuesday, is 1 for 9 with five strikeouts this season against Lincecum.
|San Francisco Giants|
|August 23, 2013||Matt Cain||15-Day DL||Right forearm contusion|
|August 22, 2013||Matt Cain||Day-to-Day||Left game - right arm|
|August 22, 2013||Andres Torres||60-Day DL||Surgery, left Achilles - out for season|
|August 20, 2013||Pablo Sandoval||Day-to-Day||Sore back|
|August 17, 2013||Chad Gaudin||15-Day DL||Carpal tunnel syndrome|
|August 15, 2013||Sandy Rosario||Day-to-Day||Bruised sternum|
|San Diego Padres|
|July 31, 2013||Carlos Quentin||15-Day DL||Right knee strain|
|July 23, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore right wrist|
|July 20, 2013||Jason Marquis||60-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|July 12, 2013||Kyle Blanks||15-Day DL||Left Achilles tendinitis|
|July 12, 2013||Kyle Blanks||15-Day DL||Left Achilles tendinitis|
|July 07, 2013||Yasmani Grandal||60-Day DL||Right knee sprain|
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The team from San Francisco had a flashback. It came courtsey of Pablo Sandoval hitting three home runs in the Giants' 13-5 win over the San Diego Padres .
"Actually I did when he hit that third one," Giants Manager Bruce Bochy said. "I said, `that brings back a good memory."'
Sandoval hit three homers and drove in six runs Wednesday, leading a rare power show by the Giants. It also brought back thoughts of the team's amazing run last fall when it won its second World Series in three years.
Sandoval's only previous three-homer game came in the opener of last year's World Series. He wound up as the MVP of the Series.
Sandoval's thoughts drifted to the most recent Fall Classic as well.
"A little bit," he said. "It was a great moment. Now this is my second time I hit three home runs in a game. It's exciting to me. I'm starting to get my swing back, my timing back and trying to help the team win games.
Sandoval started the day with 10 home runs this season. He then hit a two-run shot in the fifth inning, a leadoff drive in the eighth and a three-run homer in the ninth.
The star third baseman also added a single against the Padres.
San Francisco hit six home runs overall. The Giants began the game tied with Miami for the fewest homers in the majors with 80.
"I think we were all asking where's that from," Bochy said. "But it was good to see them break out because we came out swinging. That is not our game but it shows that we are capable of doing some good things with the bats."
Tim Lincecum (9-13) won again at Petco Park as the Giants avoided the three-game sweep. In Lincecum's first start at San Diego since throwing a no-hitter on July 13, he worked 5 2-3 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits in gaining his third straight win.
"I didn't attack it the way I wanted to," a downcast Lincecum said. "When you have the answers to the test and you don't put them down, it is a little frustrating."
The Giants tagged Eric Stults (8-13), hitting three home runs in taking a 5-2 lead through four innings.
"Obviously I wasn't pleased with the result," Stults said. "Today was a tough one. It was just one of those games that got away from me."
Brandon Crawford homered in the Giants third. Hunter Pence and Hector Sanchez hit two-run homers in the fourth.
Chase Headley and Ronny Cedeno homered for the Padres.
Pence's RBI double finished Stults in the fifth. Sandoval greeted reliever Brad Brach with a towering drive to right.
Stults' second-half woes continued as he absorbed his third straight loss. He last won on July 14 against the Giants.
The Padres pulled to 8-5 on RBI singles by Will Venable and Alexi Amarista in the sixth.
But this day belonged to Sandoval.
"He's one of those guys that when he's hot, he's hot," Padres Manager Bud Black said. "It's really tough to get him out."
NOTES: The Giants' 13 runs were one shy of their season-high; their 17 hits two off their top showing of the season. ... Padres CF Cameron Maybin will undergo season-ending wrist surgery on Friday. He played in only 14 games this year because of knee and wrist injuries. ... Padres 1B Yonder Alonso received an injection in his right hand, which was hurt Friday on a check swing against the Dodgers. ... Headley returned to the lineup after missing six games with a sore back. ... Struggling Giants LHP Barry Zito has been demoted to the bullpen. ... Giants C Buster Posey was out of the lineup and is day to day after spraining his right ring finger on a wild pitch on Tuesday. Bochy was optimistic regarding his availability on Thursday against the Diamondbacks.