Bochy wants struggling Lincecum to relax

Bochy wants struggling Lincecum to relax

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy held a closed-door meeting with two-time reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum on Thursday to talk with the right-hander about his recent struggles.

Although Bochy wouldn't go into detail about what he and Lincecum talked about, Bochy said he stressed to his young ace to relax and not put too much pressure on himself.

"Everything is fine. Like everybody in this game, you're going to have some hiccups, and he's a little hard on himself at times and he's a little frustrated," Bochy said. "He hasn't pitched like he's accustomed to. He's going through a couple tough starts, and all great pitchers do."

Lincecum (5-1, 3.00 ERA) lost on Wednesday night for the first time this season -- and first time in his career in May -- in a 7-3 setback to Washington. He allowed six runs on six hits, and also walked five and hit one batter.

Lincecum entered his May 15 start against Houston with a 1.76 ERA, but struggled mightily in his next two outings. On May 20 against the D-backs, Lincecum lasted only five innings, allowing five runs before turning in only 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday.

Wednesday was the third straight outing in which Lincecum walked at least five batters and also marked the first time since June 13 and 19 of 2007 that he gave up five or more runs in back-to-back starts.