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The Good: Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants Staring Pitcher: Tim Lincecum had his 2nd career no hitter vs. the Padres. He threw 113 pitches in nine innings, striking out six and walking one in a 4-0 shutout win on Thursday.
The Bad: Houston Astros Hitting over the last 7 days: The Astros over the last 7 days have only scored 17 Runs, 15 RBI’s & .192 Batting Average, the Astros are last in the AL West at 36-47.
The Ugly: Sergio Romo, SF Giants Closer: Former World Series-saving closer Sergio Romo is out for the San Francisco Giants after another blown save Saturday night, the team announced Sunday.
The Giants will now close by committee, with Santiago Casilla and Jeremy Affeldt most likely sharing those duties, manager Bruce Bochy said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.Despite his 22 saves this season, Romo has blown three of his past five opportunities, the latest coming Saturday night against the Cincinnati Reds. He walked Joey Votto to start the ninth inning of a 1-0 game and then gave up a two-run home run to Brandon Phillips.
Note from Last Week’s Good into this week: After Clayton Kershaw completed a spectacular month on the mound with yet another dominant victory, he struggled to muster much excitement about his performance or even the Los Angeles Dodgers’ leap to the top of the standings.
Kershaw knows it’s only June. But what a month it’s been for the Dodgers and their incredible left-hander. Kershaw struck out 13 during seven innings of five-hit ball, and Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer in the Dodgers’ 6-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
Kershaw (9-2) extended his career-best scoreless streak to 28 innings in his first home start since throwing his first no-hitter June 18th against Colorado. He went 6-0 with an 0.82 ERA in June, yielding four runs in 44 innings and striking out 61.