Tim Lincecum, simply out of control

It was another big win for the Giants last night as they topped the Dodgers, 5-2, to increase their NL West lead to 5.5 games, their largest margin since ending the 2003 season with a 15.5 lead. The batting hero was former Red Sox Marco Scutaro who blooped a 7th inning tie-breaking bases-loaded single off former Red Sox Josh Beckett to drive home two runs to the delight of the sold-out AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Beckett took the loss and Santiago Casilla (7-5) earned the win. Casilla had entered the game in relief of Giants starter Tim Lincecum who went 6.1 for the Giants and surrendered a career-high seven walks.

Lincecum again failed to win back-to-back starts for only the third time this season, but at least he didn’t increase his league-leading loss total to 15. It is hard to believe that this two-time Cy Young Award winner has fallen so far, so fast but his control has been an issue all season long for Lincecum.

Take a look at his career vs. 2012 numbers, then take a look graphically at the difference between Lincecum under control and out of control against the Dodgers this season. …

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