Remembering Tim Lincecum and the Good Times: His Best Performances

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#2: June 25th, 2014

The first no-hitter was excellent, but unlike most movies, the sequel was even better. On June 25th, Lincecum took the mound again against the Padres, and almost like a great dream for Lincecum, and an awful nightmare for the Padres, he held the Friars hitless again.

Lincecum entered the game with a 5-5 record, 4.90 ERA, and 1.476 WHIP, but that really doesn’t mean anything when he faces the Padres. He was in complete control the entire way. While he allowed five baserunners in the first go-around of no-hitting San Diego, he allowed just one this time. With one out in the second inning, Chase Headley worked a walk, and that would be the only “rally” San Diego would muster. Lincecum retired the next 23 batters in order, ending with Will Venable grounding out to second base. After that, catcher Hector Sanchez met Lincecum on the mound, wrapping him in a bearhug and hoisting him off the ground as the sellout crowd in AT&T Park erupted.

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  • As if that wasn’t enough, Lincecum even added a pair of hits and a walk at the plate. It was the fourth multi-hit game of his career, and the second time he’d reached base three times in a game (he had three hits against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010).

    With this game, Lincecum tied the franchise record for no-hitters, as the Hall-of-Famer Mathewson is the only other player with two. He also joined Sandy Koufax, another all-time great, in elite company, as they are the only two pitchers in baseball history with at least two of each of the following: no-hitters, Cy Young Awards, World Series championships, and All-Star selections.

    Unbeknownst to Lincecum, he was just a few short months from being removed from the Giants’ rotation, and being all but forgotten in the 2014 postseason. This moment, his second no-hitter, trumps all of that. It was the beginning of a run of dominance that was a microcosm of his early years. In this start and the next three, he went 30.1 innings, allowed just one run, posting a 0.626 WHIP. He won all four starts.

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