Most guys don’t ever get one, but after a solid performance against the San Diego Padres at home San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum has two.
Two no-hitters, that is.
The two-time Cy Young winner went the distance against the Padres at AT&T Park striking out six and walking one to lead the team to a 4-0 win. He needed 113 pitches to do it.
“I wasn’t really thinking about it out there, and at the very end it caught me by surprise, and what do you know? You got a no-hitter,” Lincecum said (via MLB).
What makes the game even more unique is that it comes almost a year after his first career no-hitter which was also against the Padres, but at Petco Park. He needed 148 pitches to get it done than. The circumstances were almost identical as well. Last season going in to the game he was 4-9 with a 4.61 ERA; this time he was 5-5 with a 4.90 ERA.
“It’s hard enough to do one, to do two, that puts you in a little different class, and I couldn’t be happier,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said (via MLB). “The club needed it, Timmy needed it, good for him.”
By pitching his second no-hitter against the same team Lincecum made history:
THIS. Tim Lincecum is 1st pitcher in 104 yrs to no-hit the same team twice in his career.
— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) June 25, 2014
Last Giants pitcber to throw multiple no-hitters, Christy Mathewson in 1908, 1910, as if you didn’t know. http://t.co/ryB3q6ndeb
— SportsGrid (@SportsGrid) June 25, 2014
Incidentally, the only team in baseball to never throw a no-hitter is the Padres.[MLB]