The Astros aren’t the most lethal of opponents, but we caught a glimpse of vintage Tim Lincecum on Saturday night in San Francisco. And it was good.
The Giants right-hander yielded just five hits over eight scoreless innings, racking up 11 strikeouts while issuing just one walk. He needed 114 pitches and his velocity declined steadily over the course of the evening, but Lincecum battled through all that and handed a 2-0 lead to closer Santiago Casilla.
Casilla blew the save, but backup catcher Hector Sanchez picked him up in the 12th inning with a walkoff RBI single that scored Pablo Sandoval.
Lincecum lowered his ERA from 6.42 to 5.93. He’ll take on the Phillies in his next scheduled outing.
Your Saturday box scores and recaps:
Angels 3, Yankees 5
Diamondbacks 1, Cubs 4
Indians 9, Blue Jays 11
Tigers 6, Orioles 8 (13 innings)
Mets 7, Braves 8
Cardinals 2, Reds 3 (10 innings)
White Sox 3, Royals 6
Pirates 6, Brewers 4
Athletics 9, Twins 3
Nationals 1, Marlins 2
Red Sox 3, Rays 5
Phillies 8, Rockies 5
Rangers 0, Mariners 7
Padres 7, Dodgers 6
Astros 2, Giants 3 (12 innings)
Free agent middle infielder Danny Espinosa signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays, the team announced Saturday. The deal includes an invite to spring training, where Espinosa is scheduled for his first split-squad game against the Orioles this afternoon.
Espinosa, 30, was inked to another minor-league deal with the Yankees in January. The veteran infielder was competing for an infield job until the team picked up second baseman Neil Walker on a one-year, $4 million deal last Monday. Prior to his release, he slashed .160/.276/.320 with one home run through his first 12 games with the Yankees this spring. He didn’t fare much better in the majors last year, either, batting a cumulative .173/.245/.278 with six home runs and a .523 OPS in 295 PA for the Mariners and Rays.
Blue Jays starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is still dealing with a bone spur in his heel and has officially been ruled out for Opening Day, which could clear a path for Espinosa to claim a starting role in Toronto. Of course, he won’t be the only candidate under consideration — Yangervis Solarte and Aledmys Diaz are still in the mix as well, though no final decision appears to be made just yet.