After seemingly having his career as a starting pitcher derailed, Tim Lincecum showed he might have plenty left when he threw a no-hitter Saturday night against the San Diego Padres.
Lincecum came into the game with a 4.61 ERA a year after having a 5.18 ERA and being moved to the San Francisco bullpen.
Saturday night, he used 148 pitches to shut down the Padres in San Diego during the Giants’ 9-0 win. Lincecum struck out 13 and walked four.
Right fielder Hunter Pence saved what Lincecum thought was a “for sure” hit by Alexi Amarista with two outs in the eighth inning via a diving catch. Pablo Sandoval also made an excellent play at third base in the seventh to keep the no-hitter alive.
Lincecum lost in Homer Bailey’s no-hitter. According to ESPN Stats and Info, the only pitcher who was the loser in a no-hitter and then threw the next one was Mal Eason (1906).
Also according to ESPN Stats, Lincecum is the fifth multiple Cy Young Award winner at the time of his 1st no-hitter: Johan Santana, Bret Saberhagen, Tom Seaver and Bob Gibson are the others.
Lincecum was rather sedate afterward. He said he was pretty much speechless and never felt tired despite throwing such a large amount of pitches.