San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum threw the 15th no-hitter in team history on Saturday night, and in the process, earned himself a year’s supply of gum, courtesy of 5 gum.
“This year, 5 gum is on the lookout for special moments in baseball that spotlight the #5 in celebration of the launch of new 5 Focus gum and decades of chewing gum in baseball,” the company said in an email. “5 gum is recognizing Tim for his excellent performance while wearing the #55 jersey.
“In addition to rewarding players and teams with a year’s supply of gum (roughly 120 packs or one case), these lucky athletes will be among the first to try 5 Focus gum. The new gum variety is available at retailers nationwide this summer in a 15-piece pellet pouch pack and comes in two eye-opening flavors – Spearmint and Peppermint.”
Lincecum recorded 13 strikeouts and threw 148 pitches in the first no-hitter ever recorded at Petco Park. He allowed five baserunners in the game — four walks and a hit batsman — as the Giants shutout the Padres 9-0.
Lincecum is 5-9 with a 4.26 ERA in 19 starts this season.
Perhaps this no-hitter will invigorate Lincecum and propel him towards an improvement during the second half.
And, he will have some great-tasting gum to chew on during his starts or when he’s sitting in the dugout.