They did. Loud and clear.
“Last night they score 10 runs, they kind of put a dagger in us a little bit,” Span said. “The first inning they were swinging away again. For us to respond, and come out and get a win is definitely good for us.”
Zimmermann (9-5) got off to a shaky start when Angel Pagan led off with a double and Hunter Pence followed with a home run on a pitch well out of the strike zone.
“There’s only one guy in the game that’s going to hit that pitch and it’s him,” Zimmermann said. “I threw it right where I wanted, 0-2 and up by his shoulders. Beats me how he hit it that far.”
Zimmermann quickly recovered and allowed seven hits overall, striking out eight without a walk.
“We scored some runs early and I was able to settle in and not have the pressure of a one-run game,” he said.
Lincecum (10-9) was seeking his 100th career win, but turned in the second-shortest start of his career. He gave up six runs, four of them earned, on six hits and four walks in 2 2-3 innings.
In his last seven starts against Washington, he’s 0-6 and has permitted 34 earned runs in 32 2-3 innings. Lincecum has failed to pitch at least five innings in four of his last six starts overall, going 1-3 with a 9.49 ERA.
“I’ve been overdoing it, thinking about what I need to do, instead of just letting my body be athletic,” Lincecum said.
Manager Bruce Bochy was asked about considering moving Lincecum to the bullpen.
“We’ll talk about it,” Bochy said. “He definitely had a tough go today. He was out of sync and his delivery, command, everything — he was just off.”
Pablo Sandoval had three hits for San Francisco, which had won six of eight.