Tim Lincecum became only the second San Francisco Giants pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the history of the franchise his side defeated San Diego Padres 4-0 at AT&T Park on Wednesday.
Lincecum joined the great Christy Mathewson who achieved the same feat more than a century ago.
Wednesday's no-hitter was the 16th recorded in the franchise’s history and the second for Lincecum after his 148-pitch shutout against the same opposition in San Diego on July 13, 2013.
Mathewson, who was nicknamed “Big Six”, recorded his double no-hitters against the St Louis Cardinals on July 15, 1901 and against the Chicago Cubs on June 13, 1905.
Lincecum joins an elite list of all-time pitchers who have thrown multiple no-hitters and is only the 32nd pitcher to achieve the feat in the history of the MLB.
Three players on the list are still active in the leagues: Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey, Toronto’s Mark Buehrle and Detroit’s Justin Verlander.
The Giants pitcher notched up the third no-hitter of the 2014 season after Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw completed the trick both for the Dodgers.
Speaking to MLB.com, Lincecum spoke as if his achievement hadn't quite sunk it yet. The pitcher threw 73 strikes in 113 pitches:
The 30-year-old refused to declare himself a San Francisco Giant great but his record makes him one of the most successful Giants players in history.
In his seven years as a Giants player, he has won the World Series twice (2010 & 2012), been awarded the Babe Ruth award (2010), is a two-time NL Cy Young award receiver (2008-09), a three-time NL strikeout champion (2008-10), a NL shutout champion (2008) and a four-time MLB All-Star (2008-11).
At just 30, the starting pitcher still has plenty to give despite having a poor few years at AT&T Park.
During his best stretch of form, between 2008 and 2011, Lincecum’s season ERA never rose above 3.43. But in the three previous seasons it has inflated above 4.40+ ERA.
After making more Giants history on Wednesday, Lincecum looks back to his best and will return stronger.
The Giants sit top of the National League West division with a 46-32 season record and three games in front of division rivals Los Angeles Dodgers.
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