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Monday, April 23, 2012

Recap: Game 15 (Game 1 DH) - Giants at Mets - Lincecum wins his first, Mets Lose 6-1

Final Score: San Francisco 6, New York 1

Tim Lincecum allowed one run over five innings, Nate Schierholtz and Buster Posey both homered and the Giants defeated the Mets, 6-1, in the opener of Monday's doubleheader.

Lincecum (1-2) gave up four hits, walked five and struck out eight. Schierholtz went 3-for-5 with a triple and a three-run homer and Posey hit a solo shot in the first.

San Francisco has won seven of its last 10 games overall and two of three to begin this series, which concludes tonight.

Miguel Batista (0-1), making his first start of the season, lasted just 3 2/3 innings and was charged with six runs -- three earned -- on seven hits and three walks. Mike Baxter had an RBI double for the Mets, losers of five of their last seven games.

San Francisco got to Batista early, pushing a pair of runs across in the first. Melky Cabrera reached with a one-out walk, stole second and scored on Pablo Sandoval's line drive to right. Sandoval was thrown out at second by Lucas Duda, but Posey followed with a homer to left-center.

New York made it 2-1 in the second when Ruben Tejada drew a two-out walk and Baxter followed with a double to right, but Schierholtz stretched the margin in the third.

Batista retired the first two batters of the inning before Sandoval reached on an error by Ike Davis at first. A walk to Posey preceded Schierholtz's line drive homer to right, which made it 5-1.

Brandon Crawford tacked on an RBI double in the fourth and the Mets failed to score again against Lincecum, who had allowed a total of 16 runs in his previous three starts this season. In the fifth, New York loaded the bases with one out, but Davis grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Guillermo Mota relieved Lincecum in the sixth and faced the minimum before New York loaded the bases again in the seventh. Pinch-hitter Justin Turner led off with a single and Kirk Nieuwenhuis followed with a double to place runners at second and third. Mota retired the next two batters -- Daniel Murphy and David Wright -- before Jeremy Affeldt walked Lucas Duda. But Davis again grounded out to end the inning.

Game Notes

Sandoval has hit safely in all 15 games this season, which marks the club's second-longest hit streak to begin a season in San Francisco-era (since 1958) history. Willie Mays owns the record with 16 games (1960)...Lincecum improved to 4-0 in his last four starts against the Mets dating back to 2010...Josh Thole went 1-for-4 and has reached base safely in all 14 games he's played, which marks the longest streak to begin a season for a Mets catcher.

Box Score:

Angel Pagan CF501000002.231
Melky Cabrera LF210000020.305
  Guillermo Mota P000000000.000
  Brett Pill 1B101000000.286
Pablo Sandoval 3B511100000.323
Buster Posey C421100111.375
Nate Schierholtz RF513301100.342
Brandon Belt 1B401010000.240
  Jeremy Affeldt P000000000.000
  Ryan Theriot PH100000001.182
  Danny Otero P000000000.000
Emmanuel Burriss 2B411000000.297
Brandon Crawford SS402110000.196
Tim Lincecum P100000001.000
  Gregor Blanco PH-LF000000020.133
Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF402010011.341
Daniel Murphy 2B402000001.333
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Ramon Ramirez P000000000.000
  Jason Bay PH100000000.229
David Wright 3B400000012.400
Lucas Duda RF200000031.192
Ike Davis 1B400000002.138
Josh Thole C401000001.359
Ruben Tejada SS311000010.269
Mike Baxter LF401110003.250
Miguel Batista P100000000.000
  Manny Acosta P000000000.000
  Scott Hairston PH100000001.182
  Jeremy Hefner P000000000.000
  Justin Turner PH-2B201000001.235

E_I.Davis. LOB_San Francisco 9, NY Mets 12. 2B_B.Belt, B.Crawford, K.Nieuwenhuis, M.Baxter. 3B_N.Schierholtz. HR_B.Posey (2) off M.Batista, N.Schierholtz (3) off M.Batista. S_T.Lincecum. SB_M.Cabrera (3), N.Schierholtz (1), R.Tejada (1). CS_B.Crawford. GIDP_I.Davis. DP_San Francisco 1 (E.Burriss, B.Crawford and B.Belt).

Tim Lincecum (W 1-2)5.0411580108-608.20
Guillermo Mota1.220002034-216.00
Jeremy Affeldt1.110012027-143.12
Danny Otero1.010001014-102.70
Miguel Batista (L 0-1)3.276332277-456.23
Manny Acosta0.10000003-23.86
Jeremy Hefner3.030010047-320.00
Bobby Parnell1.010011017-123.86
Ramon Ramirez1.000002014-105.40

T_3:12. A_0.
Umpires_Home,Paul Nauert; First, Mike Estabrook; Second, Kerwin Danley; Third, Doug Eddings.

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