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Tim Lincecum keeps up the momentum following his no-hitter

Jul 2, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

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In his first start since last Wednesday’s no-hitter, Tim Lincecum tossed eight shutout innings in last night’s win over the Cardinals.

He wasn’t Johnny Vander Meer or anything — Lincecum gave up four hits, with the first coming on a single to Allen Craig in the second inning — but it was pretty spiffy all the same. Compare it to the followup to his no-hitter from last season when he gave up nine runs on eight his in three and two-thids.

Lincecum is rolling with 17 consecutive shutout innings, which has reduced his ERA from 4.90 to 4.42. And now he gets to face the Padres again this Sunday in Petco Park, so hold on to your hats, fellas.

  1. gibbyfan - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Not taking anything away from Lincecum –it was a great game but it seems there are a lot of stellar performances against cards of late. There is definitely something missing in that lineup.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      I’m not going to single out any of the Cards’ hitters, but one big bad took a holiday in June.

      • kycardsfan - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        Every bat took a “holiday” in June.

  2. sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Timmy’s ERA is 4.06 right now, after his 8 innings of shutout ball…

    • jkcalhoun - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      Yup, it was the no-hitter that brought it down from 4.90 to 4.42.

  3. netyank - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Granted that it is exciting to watch a well-pitched game (or six ) if your team is the winner, but is anyone else getting tired of the lack of offense? I can recall that after the 1968 season when Gibson and McLain and several others had terrific seasons, MLB lowered the mound to increase the offense. then, of course, the pendulum swung the other way to amphetamine and steroid use, and the subsequent ban. Now I think it is time for some help for the offense (legal of course). Opinions???

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Legal help? They need Lawyers?

      “Your Honor, the strike zone is just too damn big! How are my clients expected to entertain the fans with home runs and doubles when the pitcher can just throw it in the general direction of home plate and have it called a strike?”

      • netyank - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        By legal I meant that the help the hitters should get will no be from drugs, but from rules changes. Yes a strict strike zone will help, but other things also– maybe lowering the mound again?

  4. jimeejohnson - Jul 2, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Meanwhile, Josh Beckett got back to his old, losing self. Maybe it’s a north/south thing: when the Giants do well, the Dodgers don’t. Maybe not.

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