His hair short and his fastball in the mid-80s,
It didn't matter.
By striking out five batters and forcing four double plays, Lincecum became the rare starting pitcher whom the Dodgers were unable to wear down.
About the only player who was a real threat to Lincecum was
"I thought we helped him a little bit," Dodgers Manager
The Dodgers have rarely offered as little resistance against a starting pitcher this season as they did on this night. Of the 12 previous starters they faced, seven pitched five or fewer innings.
"We're deeper, we're longer, we're better," first baseman
The only opposing starter who has pitched into the seventh inning was James Paxton of the
Clayton Kershaw, who is scheduled to start for the Dodgers on Wednesday, said, "You see guys having 100 pitches through five innings. It's fun to be a pitcher on the other side."
The Dodgers went into Tuesday as the
They were also drawing walks in 10.7% of their plate appearances, the highest percentage in the league.
"We've been having really good at-bats, deep at-bats, not giving away any outs," Gonzalez said. "It's part of our thing this year, where you give the pitcher eight tough outs, where you're not giving anything away. They have to continue to make quality pitches, which makes it really hard for them."
Lincecum, known as "The Freak" during his wild-haired Cy Young heyday in 2008 and '09, was in the 86-88-mph range with his fastball most of this night. But he limited his pitch count with the help of double plays, starting with the one Gonzalez lined into in the first inning following a single by Puig.
"We erased a few of those innings with the two-ball," Mattingly said. "We were kind of a big hit away."
Dodgers starting pitcher
The Giants' lead expanded to 2-0 in the bottom half of that inning on
The Dodgers' only run against Lincecum came in the fifth inning, when
But they did threaten in the ninth, loading the bases with two outs and compelling Giants Manager
"I thought we were still working at-bats," Mattingly said. "That's one thing we've talked about, fighting until the end."