Tim Lincecum threw the 15th no-hitter in Giants history with a masterful performance against the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.
He allowed five baserunners in the game — four walks and a hit batsman — as the Giants shutout the Padres 9-0. Lincecum recorded 13 strikeouts and threw 148 pitches in the first no-hitter ever recorded at Petco Park.
Lincecum got some help from Pablo Sandoval in the bottom of the seventh, as the Panda robbed Jesus Guzman of a ground-ball hit, throwing him out from foul territory.
He struck out Rene Rivera to lead off the eighth inning, and induced a groundout by Chris Denorfia for the second out. After walking Everth Cabrera with two out, Hunter Pence saved the day, making a diving catch on a line drive to right by Alexi Amarista.
The pitch count was troublesome for Lincecum, who was at 114 pitches after seven innings and 131 heading into the ninth.
In the ninth, Lincecum struck out Chase Headley swinging and Carlos Quentin flew out to left field. The final out came off the bat of Yonder Alonso, who also hit a routine fly ball to left.
The last no-hitter for the Giants was thrown by Matt Cain last season, when he pitched a perfect game against the Houston Astros at AT&T Park.