Giants Win on Opening Day

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run triple, Aaron Rowand had three RBIs and the San Francisco Giants overcame Tim Lincecum's struggles for a 10-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday in the majors' final opener.

Rowand, Bengie Molina and Randy Winn homered for the Giants, whose 12-hit battering of Milwaukee's pitching more than made up for the shortest start of Lincecum's career. The NL Cy Young Award winner made it through just three innings, yielding three runs, four hits and three walks.

Milwaukee didn't get much more from Jeff Suppan (0-1), who hit an RBI double but gave up six runs in four innings as the unlikely opening-day starter for a club that lost its top two pitchers from last season's run to the NL wild card. Rickie Weeks and Bill Hall hit run-scoring doubles in manager Ken Macha's debut with the Brewers, who left 11 men on base.

Joe Martinez (1-0) gave up two runs during two rocky innings in his major league debut, but still got the win when Rowand put the Giants ahead 6-5 with his two-run shot in the fourth.

Rain pelted the Giants' waterfront ballpark for most of the morning, but it abated before game time and eventually gave way to warm sunshine, despite bleak weather forecasts. Both managers had made contingency plans for a doubleheader Wednesday, when Randy Johnson will make his Giants debut against burgeoning Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo.

Lincecum, who will formally receive his Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, struck out five after leading the majors in strikeouts last year. But the right-hander never appeared comfortable while laboring through 78 pitches.

He walked Weeks on five pitches to start the Giants' 10th opening day at their park. He also drilled Ryan Braun in the back and threw a wild pitch in the first inning alone, but struck out Prince Fielder and J.J. Hardy to avoid giving up any runs.

Ishikawa, who won the starting job at first base in spring training despite just 45 games of major league experience, lined a shot into the deepest corner of the Giants' outfield in the bottom half, easily reaching third base while Edgar Renteria, Fred Lewis and Pablo Sandoval scored.

After Martinez relieved Lincecum, Weeks tied it when he scored on Lewis' overthrow from left field after Corey Hart's single. Fielder then put the Brewers up 5-4 with an RBI single.

Rowand gave the Giants the lead again with his homer to left, scoring Ishikawa. Rowand hit just 13 homers in 152 games with San Francisco last season, slumping after the break.

Molina added a solo shot in the seventh, and Winn led off the eighth with another homer.

Notes:

Heroic pilot Chesley Sullenberger threw out the ceremonial first pitch to a standing ovation. Sullenberger, who lives in the East Bay town of Danville, also threw out the first pitch at the second exhibition at the new Yankee Stadium earlier this month.

Mike Cameron had two of the Brewers' four stolen bases against Molina.

None of Lincecum's starts last season was shorter than four innings.

Martinez, a 26-year-old New Jersey native, and Ishikawa are the Giants' only rookies. San Francisco used 24 rookies last season, tied with San Diego for the majors' most.


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