Tim Lincecum became the first pitcher in more than a century to throw two no-hitters against the same team as he led the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 victory over the San Diego Padres.
The 30-year-old Lincecum and Hall of Famer Addie Joss are the only pitchers in Major League Baseball history to keep the same team hitless twice. Right-hander Lincecum also achieved the feat in a 9-0 win over the Padres on July 13, 2013, while Joss did it to the Chicago White Sox in 1908 and 1910.
“I didn’t feel like my stuff was great,” Lincecum, the 2008 and 2009 Cy Young Award winner as the best pitcher in the National League, told reporters after last night’s game at AT&T Park in San Francisco. “It was more of a location day.”
Justin Verlander, Mark Buehrle and Homer Bailey are the other active pitchers with two no-hitters. Nolan Ryan holds the major league record with seven.
The 16th no-hitter in Giants’ history is the third of the MLB season and the second in a week. Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers threw a no-hitter in an 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies June 18, less than a month after his teammate Josh Beckett got the first of the year in a 6-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on May 25.
Lincecum (6-5), in his eighth MLB season, struck out six and retired 23 batters after walking Chase Headley in the second inning last night. He threw 113 pitches, compared with 148 in his first no-hitter last year.
Lincecum also scored two of San Francisco’s runs after getting two hits in three at-bats. He scored on a double by Pablo Sandoval in the third inning and again on a Buster Posey double in the seventh.
The Padres are the only major league team to never pitch a no-hitter.
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