For the second time in two seasons, San Francisco Giants’ ace Tim Lincecum has gone through a complete game without giving up a hit. On Wednesday afternoon, he blanked the NL West rival San Diego Padres to complete the amazing feat of two no-nos in two straight seasons.
To make things more amazing, Lincecum’s previous no-hitter last season also came against this Padres team.
Lincecum went through nine innings, striking out six and giving up just one walk. The Giants’ star, much like Clayton Kershaw last week, came dangerously close to completing a perfect game in this one; once again showing just how good the pitching in the National League West really is.
As always, everyone was locked in on history.
Tim Lincecum’s line so far: 8 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 97 pitches.
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Tim Lincecum will take his no-hit bid into the 9th inning. Giants lead the Padres 4-0. — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 25, 2014
No one else in Major League Baseball history has ever completed a no-hitter against the same team, two seasons in a row, but Linceum has done that on Wednesday to just add to his already impressive professional resume.
In the ninth inning, to cap it all off, Lincecum struck out Chris Denorfia, got Yasmani Grandal to ground out back to him, and finally, he got Will Venable to ground out to second.
Not only did Lincecum perform well on the mound, obviously, but he was also giving it his all at the plate, reaching base three times and scoring two runs.
Last year’s no-hitter was completed in San Diego, while this year’s was at home inside AT&T Park in San Francisco.