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Tim Lincecum no-hits the Padres for the second time in less than a year

Jun 25, 2014, 6:24 PM EDT

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For the second time in less than a year, Tim Lincecum has no-hit the San Diego Padres.

Unlike his effort last July 13, however, this one was an efficient, nothing-but-business affair. Whereas The Freak needed 148 pitches for last year’s effort, he did it in a mere 113 this afternoon, showing total command over all four of his pitches and never giving the Padres a chance in hell to do any damage. San Diego managed one walk — Chase Headley drew it in the second inning — but were otherwise kept off the basepaths. Heck, Lincecum himself had a way better offensive game than his opponents did: he walked once and had two hits.

Lincecum cruised from beginning to end. He needed only 26 pitches in the eighth and ninth innings combined, inducing weak grounders and striking guys out for the most part. Trying to make something happen, the Padres sent up two pinch hitters to start the ninth inning, Chris Donorfia in place of eight hitter Rene River and Yasmani Grandal in the pitcher’s slot. Donorfia struck out and was thrown out at first when Hector Sanchez couldn’t handle strike three. Grandal took the count full but then bounced one back harmlessly to Lincecum who underhanded it to Buster Posey at first for the second out. That brought up Will Venable he took it to 1-2 and then grounded out harmlessly to second. And with that Lincecum had his second career no-hitter.

It’s been a pretty rocky few years for Lincecum. While his Giants won the World Series, 2012 was the worst year of his career, leading the NL in losses and posting an ERA well over 5. After last year’s no-hitter he was shelled pretty frequently and ended the season with a 10-14 record and a 4.37 ERA. Coming in to today, Lincecum was 5-5 with a 4.90 ERA and was allowing more baserunners per inning than he ever had in his major league career.

But whether it is muscle memory from his days of being the NL’s best pitcher, the poor offense of today’s competition or some combination of both, today Lincecum was untouchable.

The final out:

  1. dondada10 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    The Freak!

  2. musketmaniac - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    way to go timmy

  3. blacksables - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    That’s a bingo.

    • apkyletexas - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      We just say bingo.

  4. chargrz - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Should it really count as a No-Hitter? After all he was pitching against a semi-pro team. Deserves an asterisk .

    • Bryz - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      It feels like this type of comment pops up after every other no-hitter. It’s not funny anymore.

      • vanmorrissey - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:36 PM

        Yea but this time it’s against a .215 hitting team, historically bad. Still, TL deserves credit, 2 no-no’s, 2 World Series, 2 Cy’s, over $80 million earned, darn nice career!

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        FWIW, the Padres may not be great of late, but in the last 10 years, only Lincecum twice and J.Sanchez once have no-hit them. If it’s so easy and asterisk worthy, methinks that list would be longer.

      • abaird2012 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        Sandy Koufax pitched his first no-hitter against the 1962 Mets. Still counted.

    • apkyletexas - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      Should Kershaw really be considered a dominant pitcher when he mops up annually against the semi-pro Padres, DBacks and Rockies, and then suffers a beat-down of Biblical proportions against a real MLB team like the Cards in a must-win playoff game?

      Same question, really.

      • dannymac17 - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        Really? You are gonna mention Kershaw who up until that game was dominant in 3 of the previous post season starts?

        Get outta here. The Rockies are a better hitting team than the Puds.

        And he also allowed 1 run to those cards in the very same series, not his fault the team couldnt hit anything.

      • apkyletexas - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        Yes, I am going to mention it – dominant pitchers bring their A game when the heat is on. They demand the ball. The NL West has seen plenty of examples over the years – Randy Johnson, Lincecum, Matt Cain, Schilling, Bumgarner, Vogelsong. Even Zito pitched a wicked game to start off the 2012 WS with a win.

      • yahmule - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        The same in that they’re both ineffably stupid.

      • stex52 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:22 AM

        In 2002 NLDS against St. Louis, Randy Johnson got shelled for 6 runs in six innings. Ten hits and 2 HR. I guess you will have to take him off of your stud list. An obvious loser in a pressure situation.

        Shall we continue to check for the other guys on your list?

      • stex52 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

        Barry Zito, 2006 ALCS against Detroit. 3.2 innings, 5 runs, 7 hits. (Zito, really?)
        Curt Schilling, NLCS against the Yankees, 2004. 3 innings, 6 runs, 6 hits.
        Bumgarner, 2012 NLCS against St. Louis. 3.2 innings, 6 runs, 8 hits.

        Stuff happens to good pitchers sometimes. Pretending it has something to do with their lack of grit is just silly.

      • apkyletexas - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        Nope, face it Dodger homers – your boy Clayton is a dud.

  5. illuminancer - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:28 PM


    Only other Giant who had two no-hitters? Christy Mathewson.

    • dondada10 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      That was back when they used to play the games in black and white!

      • soleman50 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:37 PM

        So you could not have hit him in any year. Maybe take a minute & look up his stats, instead of trying too be cute!!

      • daveitsgood - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        Well, not sure about the black, I hear they weren’t allowed to play back then, but definitely the white.

      • thisdamnbox - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        I chuckled my ass off at this one…but I took it as a funny comment on the state of video footage back then…But putting Timmy in with Christy “The Big Six” Mathewson is some feat!

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Timmeh!! Timmeh!!

  7. chinahand11 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Congrats Timmy.

  8. serbingood - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    So Dominos will have free pizza Thursday? Oh snap, they gave out their 20,000 for 2014 and their web page at will read see ya in 2015. I’ll wager a Pizza Hut Large on this!

    Congrats to The Freak anyway…

    • Caught Looking - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      Only good for first two no-no’s

  9. theysone - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Big time Timmy Jim!

    I was lucky enough to see his first no-no live, wish I had gotten to see this one too.

    He’s been solid his last few starts. Keep it rolling!

  10. kardshark1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    In WAY less pitches this time. Thank goodness.

  11. hardkor07mn - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Is this kid going to be HOF worthy?
    2 no hitters
    2 World Series rings
    2 cy young awards
    What are your guys thoughts?

    • blacksables - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      Peak vs longevity doesn’t work. Longevity will get him there (5 more years maybe), but not peak.

      • tmc602014 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        That being said, his Freak days, the attitude, those early years were a distinct pleasure to watch. The counterpoint, I think, was Halladay who always seemed to have one of those serious approaches to everything, while Tim was having a ball. Kind of like Magic and Bird back in the day – the emotional versus the craftsman.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        FWIW, Addie Joss, the only other pitcher to no-hit the same team twice, pitched only 8 full seasons in the Majors. During his 9th, he tragically fell ill and died. He’s in the Hall of Fame. Those 8 seasons were really, really good.

    • tmc602014 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      Unless he gets his career back on track, “No” to the HOF question. If he spends the next five or ten years as a #3, 4, or 5 starter, No. Sandy Koufax made the Hall without the career stats, based on a few short years of dominance, but I can’t think of any other without lengthy career stats at a high level.

      • blacksables - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        Dizzy Dean, but the list starts at him and stops at Koufax.

      • raysfan1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        Dean played in 10 seasons, dominant in 6, and never had an ERA over 3.36 until injuries caught up to him in 1940. Koufax played in 12 seasons, with the last being his best.

        Lincecum needs to play a few more years and regain his dominant form to have a shot at the HoF. It’s still been an enviable career though.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:32 AM

        Koufax had 6 mediocre seasons, and nearly quit, then a pretty good season, then a really good season, then four stunningly brilliant seasons that defied the laws of physics, then injuries brought the curtain down with lamentable abruptness that left us all wondering forever what might have been.

    • apkyletexas - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      Easy solution – take boring-as-hell Maddux out and clean out a spot for a watchable pitcher like Tim.

      • Reflex - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        You are amazingly great at doubling down on stupid.

    • indaburg - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      If those are your 3 reasons to consider him, my answer is no.

      His 2 no hitters and his 2 WS rings are not very relevant to me in deciding whether he is HoF worthy. His first no-hitter was hardly a masterpiece, and lots of so-so pitchers have no hitters. In addition, lots of mediocre players have WS rings, and many great players don’t.

      More compelling to me are the stats which earned him those two Cy Young awards. He really is a tale of two pitchers: Timmy v.1 2007-2011 and Timmy v.2 2012-2014. He’s been awful in 2012, 2013, and today’s accomplishment notwithstanding (I’m very happy for him), so far in 2014–ERA+ of 68, 78, and 69 respectively. That’s just terrible.

      He would have to regain his 2007-11 form to be considered. I hope he does; I liked it when he was dominant.

    • missingjimmyjohnsonsince1994 - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      2 no hitters is great no matter how you look at it. I can’t believe Craig held back from being critical that it was against the Padres both times.

  12. sd619tripleog - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Gotta love them Padres

    • chargrz - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      They make everyone look good! Team is a complete joke.

      • gloccamorra - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:41 AM

        They were going for a sweep! They won the first game 6-0 with a rookie pitcher, and the second game 7-2 with another rookie pitcher. The Giants needed a no-hitter to salvage one of three!

  13. brimab - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Boy, good thing the Mariners didn’t draft him. His mechanics are going to cause him to break down any day now.

  14. renaado - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    No words can describe how amazin this is… Truly one heck of a performance.

  15. mt10425 - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    He gets an obscene amount of money to just beat us.

  16. norcalsportsknowledge - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    He didn’t seem to happy with powerade shower. Needs 3-5 more note worthy years to make HOF.

  17. mt10425 - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Kudos to Tim. But at 6-5 w/4.42 era, where’s the dominant, HOF season?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      In 2008 and 2009 he was very good, hence the Cy Young Awards.

  18. wahoo21 - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Great Game by Lincecum but for cryin out loud……fire the hitting coaches for the Padres already!!!

    • tablescrappy - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      Or the hitters. No coaching can help that group.

  19. 9foldmuse - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    I was there, arcade seats with a 45 degree angle towards home. No one would have/could have touched him today. Absolutely filthy stuff and a home plate umpire with questionable consistency. Tim’s erratic but an effing unique talent.

  20. olafisberserker - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    It’s Denorfia, not Donorfia. Come on Craig. The Padres don’t get enough national love as it is, let’s at least get their names right.

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