Giants' Tim Lincecum Pitches No-Hitter Against Padres, Again

By NBC Bay Area Staff
|  Thursday, Jun 26, 2014  |  Updated 6:56 AM EDT
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He's done it again. For the second time in less than a year, Tim Lincecum has pitched a no-hitter against the weak-hitting San Diego Padres.

Lincecum (6-5) allowed just one base runner: a second-inning walk of Chase Headley. He struck out six on 113 total pitches, using a big-breaking curve to set up his fastball. He also added two hits at the plate and scored two runs.

The Giants won the game 4-0.

Lincecum threw his other career no-hitter last July, also against the Padres. In last year's no-hitter, he walked four and struck out 13 on 148 pitches.

The 30-year-old right-hander became just the second pitcher in major league history to twice no-hit the same team. Addie Joss did it for Cleveland against the Chicago White Sox in 1908 and again in 1910.

The Padres, incidentally, are the only franchise in the big leagues that has never pitched a no-hitter.

Lincecum made quick work of the San Diego hitters in the late innings.

He drew a standing ovation when he batted in the eighth, then struck out pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Yasmani Grandal followed with a tapper back to Lincecum, who tossed to first for the out.

Will Venable was up next, and Lincecum retired him on an easy grounder to second base. Lincecum took a few steps toward first when the ball was hit, stopped to watch the play and clapped his hand into his glove when it was over.

Lincecum threw the 16th no-hitter in Giants' team history. Just one other pitcher has thrown two -- Christy Mathewson for the New York Giants more than 100 years ago.

This was the third no-hitter in Major League Baseball this season. Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers threw the others.

San Francisco Giants no-hitters through history: 

  • June 25, 2014, Tim Lincecum vs. San Diego, 4-0
  • July 13, 2013, Tim Lincecum at San Diego, 9-0
  • June 13, 2012, Matt Cain vs. Houston, 10-0 (perfect game)
  • July 10, 2009, Jonathan Sanchez vs. San Diego, 8-0
  • Sept. 29, 1976, John Montefusco at Atlanta, 9-0
  • Aug. 24, 1975 (2nd game), Ed Halicki vs. New York Mets, 6-0
  • Sept. 17, 1968, Gaylord Perry vs. St. Louis, 1-0
  • June 15, 1963, Juan Marichal vs. Houston, 1-0

New York Giants no-hitters:

  • May 8, 1929, Carl Hubbell vs. Pittsburgh, 11-0
  • May 7, 1922, Jesse Barnes vs. Philadelphia, 6-0
  • April 15, 1915, Richard Marquard vs. Brooklyn, 2-0
  • Sept. 6, 1912, Jeff Tesreau at Philadelphia, 3-0
  • July 4, 1908, Hooks Wiltse vs. Philadelphia, 1-0, 10 innings
  • June 13, 1905, Christy Mathewson at Chicago Cubs, 1-0
  • July 15, 1901, Christy Mathewson at St. Louis, 5-0
  • July 31, 1891, Amos Rusie vs. Brooklyn, 6-0

Lincecum joined Justin Verlander, Mark Buehrle and Homer Bailey as active pitchers with two no-hitters. Nolan Ryan holds the all-time record with seven.

No longer the shaggy-haired ace of the Giants, Lincecum sported a mustache while thrilling 41,500 fans at AT&T Park. He lowered his ERA to 4.42 and put together quite a complete game -- he went 2 for 3 with a walk and scored twice.

Lincecum starred for the Giants in 2010, going 16-10 as they won their first World Series crown since moving to San Francisco in 1958. He hasn't finished with a winning record since then, and was relegated to the bullpen when the Giants won another championship in 2012.

Praise for the Giants' pitcher poured in Wednesday afternoon on social media, including from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who wrote on Twitter, "Congratulations @timlincecum on your 2nd career no-hitter! Go #SFGiants!!!"

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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