"It was one of those things where [the Twins] were on their heels and having to make an adjustment," he said.But Lincecum simplified matters for himself by refusing to consider this factor.
"Today I just completely erased that from my mind," he said. "I went after them as if they were San Diego or any other team we face regularly."The Twins, who moved only two runners into scoring position against Lincecum, played the entire series without regulars Justin Morneau, Denard Span and Jason Kubel. The reverence that several Twins expressed for Lincecum suggested that those absences were irrelevant. "I think you see his ball disappear," said manager Ron Gardenhire, coining a sensible oxymoron. "He has that great splitter or changeup or whatever it is that just dives off the table." "I need pitching lessons [from him] or something," said left-hander Brian Duensing (4-7), who nearly matched Lincecum by yielding one run in 6 2/3 innings. "He mixed up his pitches well and it comes from a little different angle," said shortstop Matt Tolbert, who struck out in both of his at-bats against Lincecum. "The ball kind of jumps on you with a tight spin. So it's tough to pick up." Ranked last in the Majors in scoring entering the game, the Giants mustered just enough offense to earn the decision for Lincecum. With one out in the second inning, Pablo Sandoval singled, reached third base on Pat Burrell's double and scored on Miguel Tejada's groundout. The Giants left the bases loaded in the fifth and seventh innings before Aubrey Huff doubled and scored on Cody Ross' single to pad the lead in the eighth against reliever Glen Perkins. That run proved vital when Brian Wilson walked Alexi Casilla and surrendered Michael Cuddyer's RBI double to open the ninth. That ended Wilson's 15 1/3-inning scoreless streak that spanned 15 games. Wilson recovered to secure his 21st save, with Sandoval creatively recording the final out after fielding Luke Hughes' ground ball. Instead of simply throwing to first base, Sandoval opted to run down Cuddyer -- a risky choice, though he made the tag. "You take the last out any way you can get it," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.