Lincecum had a 1-2-3 first inning against the Padres then struggled with his mechanics out of the stretch in the second inning. He allowed a Kyle Blanks double and walked Ryan Jackson, but he struck out Jace Peterson and ended his day with a Rymer Liriano groundball.
Lincecum came to camp focused on keeping the ball down and getting outs straight away in the exhibitions, so in that sense his first game was half-good and half-bad.
“It was kind of discouraging in the second inning when everythning was up again but those are the things we’ve got to work on,” Lincecum said. “That’s why we’re here. I knew about the problem. Now I’ve got to fix it.”
Specifically, Lincecum said, he was dragging his hip instead of driving toward the plate out of the stretch.
All of the starters except for Yusmeiro Petit have looked sharp in their first games.
Lincecum, Tim Hudson, Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong and prospect Edwin Escobar have combined for 10 shutout innings, allowing only three hits and a walk while striking out 10.