In his first start since last Wednesday’s no-hitter, Tim Lincecum tossed eight shutout innings in last night’s win over the Cardinals.
He wasn’t Johnny Vander Meer or anything — Lincecum gave up four hits, with the first coming on a single to Allen Craig in the second inning — but it was pretty spiffy all the same. Compare it to the followup to his no-hitter from last season when he gave up nine runs on eight his in three and two-thids.
Lincecum is rolling with 17 consecutive shutout innings, which has reduced his ERA from 4.90 to 4.42. And now he gets to face the Padres again this Sunday in Petco Park, so hold on to your hats, fellas.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.