Tim Lincecum pitched his second career no-hitter in less than a year, beating the San Diego Padres Wednesday afternoon at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
The Padres were less of a struggle the second time around as Lincecum needed only 113 pitches for the no-no compared to an arm-wearying 148 last July 13, 2013.
With the achievement, Lincecum is included on a list with Homer Bailey, Mark Buerhle, and Justin Verlander as the only active pitchers with multiple no-hitters.
Lincecum becomes the 16th pitcher in SF Giants history with a no-hitter and the second pitcher two have two no-hitters against the same team. Cleveland’s Addie Jones only other person to throw two no-hitters against the same team (Chicago White Sox 1908, 1910)
“When I got my hit I thought it was gonna be a good day, when I got my second, I felt it even more.” Lincecum said.
Christy Mathewson (1905) only other Giants pitcher with two no-hitters.
Lincecum now is the only player with two World Series rings, two no-hitters and two World Series MVPs.
For the record, Lincecum needed 113 pitches, walked one and struck out six to complete the historic feat. In the 9th inning, Lincecum retired San Diego pinch-hitters Chris Denorfia and Yasmani Grandal for the first two outs and finally got Will Venable to ground out to Joe Panik at second base for the final, historic out.
San Francisco Giants second baseman, Joe Panik playing in only his fifth major league game will be part of the trivia world for eternity.
The Giants had lost 11 of the last 14 games and were on the cusp of being swept by the worst-hitting team in the majors. The no-hitter couldn’t have come at a better time and was a welcomed effort by Lincecum.
“I think we all look for a way to pick up the team, look for a way to be positive,” Lincecum said.
Buster Posey went 4 for 4 ith two RBIs raising his BA to .291. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval had two hits along with Lincecum.