Portland Shut Out By Giants' Lincecum

Fresno, CA-- San Francisco Giants number one prospect Tim Lincecum struck out eight Portland batters in his five inning start against the Beavers in Fresno Friday night.

The combination of Lincecum's high-90s fastball and Nate Schierholtz's terrorizing hitting were highlights in Fresno's 6-0 shutout of Portland.

For the third straight night Schierholtz hit a home run and a double off Beavers pitchers.

Portland starter Jared Wells was sailing smooth through the first three innings but ran into trouble in the fourth when he gave up a solo bomb to Schierholtz, giving Fresno a 1-0 lead. In the fifth, Wells surrendered a lead-off single to Clay Timpner, who went 3-4 on the night, which was followed two outs later by a two-run blast to center off the bat of Fred Lewis.

Tim Lincecum left after pitching five strong innings for Fresno. In the first inning, Lincecum's fastball was topping out at 98 MPH and only lost speed slightly by the fifth; coming in consistently at 95. Coupled with a filthy 83 MPH curveball, Lincecum's stuff was just too tough for Beavers hitters to handle. The Portland lineup mustered just three hits over the course of the night, two of which came off Lincecum.

Relieving Jared Wells in the sixth inning and making his first appearance of the season was Tim Stauffer. Admittedly, the relief role is a change of scenery for Stauffer; nonetheless his pitches were missing the corners, coming in meaty and right over the plate. Stauffer was tagged for three runs in his one inning of work. Leading off the inning, Chad Santos doubled to left field, advanced to third on a botched pick off throw by Stauffer and scored on a Stauffer wild pitch. After getting Scott McClain to ground out to shortstop, Stauffer gave up back-to-back doubles to Schierholtz and Tomas De La Rosa, followed by an RBI single to Clay Timpner giving Fresno their final 6-0 lead.

Andrew Brown took the bump for the Beavers' final two frames and featured a 98 MPH fastball to strike out four of the eight batters he faced, holding Fresno scoreless.

Game Notes:

  • Over their first three games, the Beavers have just 18 hits.
  • Schierholtz is 7-for-12 so far in the series.
  • Santos' double in the sixth inning came off Stauffer's first pitch and was just two feet shy of clearing the fence.
  • De La Rosa's double in the eighth inning off Stauffer was grossly misplayed by Jack Cust in left field.
  • Cesar Carrillo will make his first start of the season in the last game of the series Sunday.

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