Lincecum, Godfrey kick off Bay Bridge series


Lincecum, Godfrey kick off Bay Bridge series

June 17, 2011

GIANTS (39-30) vs.
A's (30-40)

Coverage begins at 7 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet

OAKLAND (AP) -- Tim Lincecum hasn't pitched like a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner this month. Facing the Oakland Athletics again could help him get back on track.

Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants visit their geographic rivals Friday night when they meet the Athletics in the opener of the latest chapter of the Bay Bridge Series.

The Giants swept a three-game set from the A's last month in San Francisco, highlighted by a dominant outing from Lincecum (5-5, 3.41 ERA), who tossed a three-hitter and fanned six en route to the 3-0 win May 21.

"I'd say it's got to be right up there with his best performance," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said after Lincecum's 133-pitch outing.

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Nicknamed "The Freak," Lincecum won his next game but has been quite hittable after that, posting a 9.39 ERA while going 0-1 in three starts.

The right-hander couldn't pinpoint a reason for his poor results.

"I don't feel like it's fatigue, I don't feel like I'm getting tired. I don't feel like anything is broken. I just feel like it's a matter of just getting back to being me," Lincecum said after lasting a season-low four innings at home, where he was reached for career high-tying seven runs, seven hits and four walks in a 10-2 loss to Cincinnati on Saturday.

Lincecum could quickly shake off his struggles given that he's 5-0 with a 1.17 ERA in six starts against the A's, and 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA at the O.co Coliseum.

However, he didn't pitch last season in Oakland, where San Francisco (39-30) was held to one run while losing all three games in May.

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Rookie Graham Godfrey (0-0, 10.38) will make his second start for the Athletics. The right-hander, who was recalled last Friday to replace the injured Brett Anderson, surrendered five runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings of Oakland's 7-5 win over the Chicago White Sox.

"In the middle of my outing, I was attacking hitters and getting ahead. That's what made me more successful," Godfrey said.

The victory was the first for interim manager Bob Melvin, who replaced the fired Bob Geren on June 9. Melvin is a Bay Area native, played collegiately at California and with the Giants from 1986-88.

San Francisco failed to complete a three-game sweep of Arizona after a 3-2 loss in 10 innings Thursday. Pat Burrell's sacrifice fly in the ninth tied the score 2-all, but Santiago Casilla served up a walkoff homer to Justin Upton.

The loss reduced the Giants' lead in the NL West to 1 12 games over the Diamondbacks.

"It is good to come in and get the series," Bochy said. "We were real close to getting this last one."

Last-place Oakland (30-40) comes in having won two straight and is 3-4 under Melvin following an 8-4 victory over Kansas City on Thursday. Rookie second baseman Jemile Weeks - brother of Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks - had two hits, drove in three and is batting .344 (11 for 32) since being recalled June 7.

The A's batted .183 against the Giants last month, and .238 under Geren. The team is hitting .245 since Melvin took over.

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

Steve Kerr: #FakeKlay 'perfect metaphor for our conditioning'

First, there was #ChinaKlay.

Now, there is #FakeKlay.

In case you missed it, a Klay Thompson lookalike was seated behind the Warriors bench during their season-opening loss to the Rockets on Tuesday. He had the full jersey, the facial hair and the cadence.

A day later, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about #FakeKlay and he used it as an opportunity to state that he felt his players were out of shape.

"I thought it was a perfect metaphor for our conditioning as a team," Kerr told the media in Oakland. "I turned around and was like 'Klay, did you have a few extra burgers last night? What happened?' That was great. I love that guy."

So Kerr is definitely a fan of #FakeKlay. No word yet if the real Klay has met #FakeKlay. We'll let you know if they do cross paths.

Warriors spend day reviewing Rockets' horror show, focus on one area of concern


Warriors spend day reviewing Rockets' horror show, focus on one area of concern

OAKLAND -- Sidelined with a back strain, Andre Iguodala spent Tuesday night “yelling at the TV more than I normally do” as the Warriors labored through an uneven performance before blowing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter.

So there was Iguodala, this time with his teammates, sitting before a monitor Wednesday as coach Steve Kerr review the horror show that was a 122-121 loss to the Houston Rockets.

“We only did about a half-hour on the floor, mostly skill work,” Kerr said after the light practice. “Watched a lot of video.

“That game was a weird game because we were shooting the ball well and scoring enough to win. But we never had control of it the way we normally have control of a game, with defense and toughness.”

Though the Warriors were hampered by injuries -- Iguodala being out, while Draymond Green and Omri Casspi were hurt during the game -- beyond their control, there was at least one thing they believe they can fix immediately.

They can avoid some of the fouls, particularly those that are mindless.

That’s the trap Stephen Curry fell into, picking up three fouls in the first four minutes. That he was limited to 30 minutes, and only 18 through the first three quarters, had an impact on the playing rotation and was a factor in the loss.

“The only thing I’m worried about with him is just those little fouls,” Iguodala said. “Because when he’s on the court, no matter if he’s scoring or not, he’s making life easier for everyone else.”

Kerr after the game cited conditioning as an issue and elaborated on the subject Wednesday.

“Conditioning is not just physical. It’s mental, too,” he said. “We were not ready, mentally, to play that game, even when we weren’t tired early in the game.

“There were other lapses, too. After made baskets, transition threes for them we neglected to pick up. That’s not physical conditioning. That’s mental conditioning. That’s where we need to get better. And we will.”

The Warriors will be wounded in more ways than one when they board their flight to New Orleans Thursday morning. They’ll have some achy players, for sure, but they’ll also have a 0-1 record.

“I feel like losses have this huge effect on us that usually benefits us,” Iguodala said.