Tim Lincecum gave up three runs (two earned) on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts over just 4.2 innings against the Indians on Saturday.

The Tribe really worked Lincecum well early on and forced him from the game after having thrown 98 pitches (58 strikes) before even getting through a full five innings. He did induce nine ground ball outs so the contact the Indians were making wasn't all that strong. This is the third time in five starts that he failed to go more than five innings and while the strikeouts can be a nice bonus, his inability to go deep into games diminishes his value. He'll square off against the Braves next week.ANALYST: Howard Bender