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Tim Lincecum hurls no-hitter against Padres

Jul 14, 2013, 1:12 AM EDT

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It took a whopping 148 pitches, but Tim Lincecum recorded his first career no-hitter Saturday in the Giants’ 9-0 victory over the Padres.

It was the most pitches thrown in a game since Edwin Jackson got to 149 in his no-hitter for the Diamondbacks on June 25, 2010 and the second most since 2005. Lincecum’s previous career high was 138 pitches in a four-hit shutout, also against the Padres, back on Sept. 13, 2008.

Lincecum struck out 13, matching the second highest total of his career. His previous high was 15 in a complete game against the Pirates in 2009. It was his sixth career shutout.

With the Giants struggling of late — at least until they ran into the Padres — Lincecum’s name has been bandied about as a trade possibility of late. One wonders just how the huge pitch count will play into that. After Jackson threw his 149 pitches in 2010, he went five straight outings without turning in a quality start. Lincecum’s win tonight was his first in his last seven starts, though he did pitched better in June than he did the first two months of the season. The Giants also have the ability to give him plenty of rest after this one, what with the All-Star break set to begin.

But let’s not the pitch count overshadow the performance. Lincecum certainly wasn’t worried; he threw a 3-2 curve to walk Everth Cabrera on his 125th pitch of the night in the eighth. Alexi Amarista then came the closest of any Padre to getting a hit tonight; lining out to a sliding Hunter Pence in right field. It wasn’t only Lincecum’s first shutout in a long time, but it was his first complete game since May 21, 2011, when he pitched a three-hitter against the A’s. It had been almost exactly a year — since July 14, 2012 — that he had lasted more than seven innings in a start.

Lincecum is now 5-9 with a 4.26 ERA for the season. He’s tied for sixth in the NL with 125 strikeouts.

  1. abaird2012 - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    That’s better.

  2. dirtydrew - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Big Time Timmy Jim looked looked like Old Time Timmy Jim. I love that kid. Good to see ya. This NL West race is just starting. Go Giants!

  3. blabidibla - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Loved it, but he’s likely toast for the rest of the season after that. Used up what little elf magic he had left.

  4. casadechloe - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Reblogged this on Baseball Minded.

  5. 4d3fect - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Looked like his original delivery form is returning.

  6. footballfan01 - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    I’ve liked this guy from the first time I saw him in Dazed and Confused. Bust out the extra-dank sticky icky, Tim. You’ve earned it.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:38 AM

      I don’t think the pitch-count will really hurt him going forward….but the post-game paddling from O’Bannion will probably take it’s toll.

      That guy is such an asshole.

  7. ryanprzy - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    I’m glad for him.

  8. socalskinsfan21 - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    just sat through this, as a padres fan it was completely brutal, but congratulations Timmy.

  9. sailcat54 - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    I think Timmy has silenced the nay-sayers who have been giving his career an undeserved post-mortem. He had been struggling earlier this season but he has proved he can still take command of a game and baffle the opposition. Well done, Tim!

  10. riverace19 - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Hard to believe it was the first no-no in Petco Park

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:09 AM

      And maybe someday the home team might actually get one there. OK, crazy thought.

  11. ndnut - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    9-0 no hitter? This game was actually a forfeiture and we all saw holograms on the field. That seems more likely than a Lincecum no-no right now.

  12. riverace19 - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Sail cat,
    You will look back on this night as a distant memory by season’s end
    Im a Timmy fan but by no means is he fixed.

  13. mianfr - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Excellent for him. He was the most exciting pitcher in baseball at his peak and any sign that he’s returning to that form has to be met with excitement.

  14. coryfor3 - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    And now when he gets hit around the rest of the year he can point to throwing 150 pitches for why he’s tired and his arm fell off.

  15. muckthefets23 - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    If I was a team looking for starting pitching I’d take him in a heart beat… Probably get him for less than Lee I’d say… Regardless of age difference.

    • paperlions - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      NL Starter ERA

      2012: 4.07
      2013: 3.91

      Lincecum ERA while having a home park that is among the most pitcher friendly

      2012: 5.18
      2013: 4.26

  16. jvm127 - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Happy for him. He was a beast for a couple years then just dropped off. I hope this is a sign the old Tim is back.

  17. jrazz22 - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    He needs extensions, just doesn’t look tbe same with a tight cut.

  18. garryjercia - Jul 14, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Everybody calm down. It was the padres.

  19. leerosenthall - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    So happy for Timmy–I love that kid. And I’m delighted to have been awake to see him pitch those last two innings as it was the best thing to come out of blowing an entire day watching that torturous doubleheader in Philly that began at 3:00 pm and didn’t conclude until 1:00 am the next morning.

  20. baymac408 - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Perfect game for Timmy!! Hopefully this is a sign that he got his “STUFF” back!! Great pitching.. I hope we can finish the season strong! Going for 3 in 4 years GO GIANTS!

    • abaird2012 - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      Nothing perfect about it — four walks.

  21. obpedmypants - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Can we stop adoring no-hitters? I know they have a catch name, but they aren’t necessarily that great of an accomplishment: especially when you give up 4 walks and go 148 pitches in the process. And for what? A win is a win, and the Giants were up 8-0 after five. There’s no real reason to risk the health of your pitcher by pushing him to 148 pitches when the game has already been won, other than to get the catchy “No-no” headline.

    • paperlions - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      Just because we know something is generally a result of random anomalies doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy when they happen.

      • obpedmypants - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        I like my random anomalies to be the random anomalies that display good things: like a sub-90 pitch shutout, not ones that represent irresponsible coaching and pitching around the strike zone too much. The Edwin Jackson no-no was just a classic example of how absurd it is to admire a no-no in and of itself.

      • paperlions - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        A sub-90 pitch shutout is a classic example of BABIP luck, nothing “good” per se.

        There is also little to no evidence that a single 150 pitch outing for a 29 yr old pitcher will have any negative effects on health.

        What, exactly, do you think Jackson is a classic example of? To me, his no hitter and surrounding data are a classic example of confirmation bias narrative. Here are Jackson’s monthly ERAs that year (his no hitter was his last start in June).

        April 6.67
        May 5.58
        June 2.11
        July 7.24
        August 1.47
        September 4.93

        Overall, his ERA was actually a full run better in the 2nd half than the first half (4.92 vs 3.90).

        He has also suffered no long-term effects. He has been exactly the same pitcher since that outing as he was before.

        So…what, exactly, is Jackson an example of? He’s an example of how a single 149 pitch outing can have no effect whatsoever on a pitcher’s performance or health.

      • obpedmypants - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        If allowing pitcher to pitch that long were optimal, we’d see it happen far more often than in just no-hitters. Coaches believe it’s bad. Players believe it’s bad. It seem that just paperlions and other amateur statheads think it’s fine.

        And I’m not really interested in arguing with you about the BABIP luck thing. I was the one who called the 90 pith CG a random anomaly. Either you can’t read, or you just want to be belligerent. Whatever the case is, have fun arguing with yourself.

      • paperlions - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        OBVIOUSLY, I did not say that 150 pitch outings as a norm are a good idea. What I did say is that there is no evidence that an occasional outing like that has a negative effect on an older pitcher (a guy > 25 yrs old). Feel free to look at the recent history of longer outings and see if there is any evidence that they result in declining health or performance.

        My main issue was the lazy use of Jackson as a classic example, when he is clearly NOT an example of a single long outing have a negative effect.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        If allowing pitcher to pitch that long were optimal, we’d see it happen far more often than in just no-hitters. Coaches believe it’s bad. Players believe it’s bad. It seem that just paperlions and other amateur statheads think it’s fine.

        Ladies and gentlemen, we now have someone arguing that it’s statheads who want pitchers to go 130+ pitches, and coaches/players who want to throw less. Through the looking glass here people…

    • paperlions - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      Heck, because of the amount of randomness in a baseball game and the fact that playoff series are far too short to account for such effects to be a reliable indicator of who is the best team or even who played the best during the series, we should also stop adoring World Series winners…because they are rarely the best team and usually a result of being both good and lucky….instead, we should just recognize the team that won the most regular season games (well, unless they won the most because they play in a shitty division).

  22. bigblu73 - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Good job “BIG TIME TIMMY JAM”!!!!!

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