It wasn’t even two weeks ago that Tim Lincecum was starting on a night when the opposing picther would throw a no-hitter. Now it’s Timmy’s turn.
In a 9-0 Giants win over the San Diego Padres, Lincecum (W, 5-9) throws 148 picthes and 13 strikeouts on the way to his first career no-hitter.
“I felt fine out there from the first pitch,” Lincecum said. “Maybe a little sweaty, but other than that, I felt great.”
To start the 9th he would strikeout Chase Headley swinging. That was followed up by Carlos Quentin lining out to left and then Yonder Alonso would fly out to left to end the game and seal history for picther nicknamed “The Freak.”
Lincecum’s no-no was the first Giants no-hitter since Matt Cain’s Perfect game back on June 13, 2012. It was the 15th no-hitter in Giants history, 7th since the team moved to San Francisco.
It was also the first no-hitter ever in the history of Petco Park.
The mistakes for Timmy were few. Lincecum would walk a total of four batters in the game with two of those walks coming in the 6th inning. Timmy also hit Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko with a pitch in the 2nd inning. Other than that, he was fantastic.
It had not been a fantastic season for Timmy heading into this game. Entering tonight, Lincecum had lost four decisions in a row and had an ERA of 4.61 in 2013. His last win was back on June 4th against the Blue Jays in a 2-1 Giants victory. Timmy also struggled for most of 2012 as well going 10-15 with a 5.18 ERA.
Lincecum got plenty of support from the Giants and not just from the lineup. Some fine defense was shown with the most notable example coming in the 8th inning with two outs and a runner on first. Giants rightfielder Hunter Pence made a great diving catch to rob Alexi Amarista of a base hit and preserve the no-hitter for Tim Lincecum.
“I thought for sure it was a hit,” Lincecum said. “You see Hunter flying out of nowhere making the flying grab. That was really impressive a big play for us.”
As for the runs by San Francisco, it started with an RBI double in the first by Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval scoring Butser Posey all the way from first. Posey would end up having three hits in the game.
The Giants would then get three runs in the 4th inning with two of those coming off of a two-run home run by Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, his 10th big fly of the year.
The game was then blown open in the 5th inning when Hunter Pence hit a triple with the bases loaded putting San Francisco up 7-0. Pence would then score on a Belt single to center.
Pence was not done after the fifth as he would hit a solo home run in the 8th off of Padres reliever Joe Thatcher.
Padres Starter Edinson Volquez (L, 6-8) had left the game after the 5th inning having allowed 8 runs on 9 hits and a walk. Volquez had 6 strikeouts.
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Written by Daniel Trucios