LTBU: Tim Lincecum Wins Debut for the Angels

Updated: June 18, 2016

For the first time as a member of the Angels, Tim Lincecum took the mound on Saturday afternoon. Since the minute that the Angels signed Lincecum, fans have been patiently waiting for his debut. The opposing pitcher for the Oakland Athletics was rookie Andrew Triggs, making his first career start at the major league level.

Lincecum, otherwise known as “The Freak,” went to work in the bottom of the 1st inning. After a miscue by Shane Robinson that could’ve ended the inning, Lincecum gave up a double to Stephen Vogt, but then struck out Danny Valencia to get his first K as an Angel.

It was not a great 3rd inning for Lincecum. Valencia ripped a single into center field to make it 1-0 Athletics. The next batter, Khris Davis, was hit by a pitch to load up the bases for Jed Lowrie, who eventually grounded out to end the inning.

In the 4th inning, “The Freak” got some run support. Mike Trout crushed a home run to left-center field to tie the game up at 1-1. After the home run by Trout, Ryan Dull came into the game for the Athletics and quickly gave up the lead. Johnny Giavotella hit a line drive home run to left field, making it 2-1 Angels.

Lincecum retired seven batters in a row going into the 6th inning, and the Angels rewarded him with some runs. Andrelton Simmons hit a sacrifice fly to right field, bringing home Albert Pujols to make it 3-1. With the bases loaded, Yunel Escobar hit a ground ball to Marcus Semien, who booted the ball and allowed two more runs to score. The bases were loaded up again, and Trout flared a ball into right field for a double, scoring another two runs to give the Angels a 7-1 lead.

“The Freak” finished off his debut with a solid 6th inning. Cam Bedrosian and Deolis Guerra shut down the Athletics throughout the next two innings, and A.J. Achter wrapped it up to give the Angels a 7-1 victory over the Athletics.

It was a successful debut for Lincecum (1-0), who received his first win since June 16th of the 2015 season. Dull (1-2) was the losing pitcher for the Athletics, who used most of their bullpen throughout the game. The Angels got their 30th win of the season today, and they look to take the series against the Athletics tomorrow at 1:05 P.M.

Best Pitcher of the Game: Tim Lincecum: W, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO

Best Hitter of the Game: Mike Trout: 2-for-5, 1 HR, 1 2B, 3 RBI

Jake Wilson is a Staff Writer at Halo Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter

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