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Tim Lincecum is removed by manager Bruce Bochy during the sixth inning of the Opening Day game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 6, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.
The plan seemed to work well enough Friday night. Newcomers Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera conspired to put two runs on the board. Brandon Crawford made a productive out to score a runner from third base.
Against Ian Kennedy, a pitcher who held all the bakery tickets last year, the Giants managed to munch a cookie or two.
But the plan crumbles when the Giants don’t get what they need from their rotation – especially ace Tim Lincecum. With the Giants trying to make a statement on opening day against the Arizona Diamondbacks, their ace seemed to pitch from his heels in a 5-4 loss at Chase Field.
Arizona pounded two home runs in a three-run first inning against Lincecum. The Giants made it a new ballgame after Cabrera’s wall-skipping, two-run shot in the fifth and Crawford’s roller in the sixth.
But Lincecum, whose fastball topped out at 91 mph, fell out of the groove he’d found. Ryan Roberts screamed and pointed to his dugout after hitting a tiebreaking, bases-loaded double, and a Sedona-red clad crowd got to enjoy more than just a perfect April afternoon with the roof open.