The Freak throws first career no-hitter

 

On July 2nd, Tim Lincecum was the opposing pitcher when Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds threw a no-hitter against his San Francisco Giants.  Just when everyone thought the Freak was all washed up, Tim Lincecum celebrates his first ever no-hitter at Petco Park in San Diego.  The 29-year-old Lincecum dissected the San Diego Padres Saturday night with a thirteen strikeouts performance on 148 pitches.  There were as many Giants fans in house of 40,342 than Padres fans as they were in attendance watching a masterpiece.  One would have thought the game was in the Bay area as Tim received plenty of support.

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Lincecum is the 15th pitcher in Giants history to throw a no-hitter, and the 5th multiple Cy Young Award Winner to pitch a no-hitter (Johan Santana, Bret Saberhagen, Tom Seaver, and Bob Gibson).

Tim has struggled this season with a 5-9 record.  He will be a free agent at the end of the season, so this may be the jump-start that Lincecum has been looking for going into the second half of the season.

The Giants put on a clinic against the Padres beating them 9-0.  They had performers such as Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence who stepped up at the plate contributing eight hits, seven runs scored and six rbi between the three of them.  Buster called an excellent game while Sandoval and Pence both made key defensive plays to secure Lincecum’s first no-hitter.  Tim also walked four Padres, but none of them were a threat.

The Giants last four no hitters have been a combined score of 36-0.  An average of eight runs a game.

 

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