San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum Brillantly Twirls First Career No-Hitter

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Just 11 days after Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey no-hit the San Francisco Giants, Major League Baseball saw its second no-no of the season.

Giants starter Tim Lincecum opposed Bailey in that game, but just two starts later, it was his turn to make some history, as he notched his first career no-hitter in a 9-0 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday in San Diego.

“It’s pretty surreal for me just to be part of that,” Lincecum told the Associated Press. “Obviously I got to see a couple with Jonathan’s (Sanchez) and (Matt) Cain’s perfect game, but to be in the middle of it is a little different. I think I’m still kind of pinching myself right now.”

A lot of Giants fans were probably ready to pinch the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder prior to Saturday’s gem, as the last few seasons have been an adventure — and not a good one — for the 29-year-old right-hander. In 2011 and 2012, Lincecum posted a combined record of 23-29, with an ERA of 5.18 in the latter year.

Entering Saturday, Lincecum had lost four straight decisions to fall to 4-9 with a 4.61 ERA on the season. But following 13 strikeouts on 148 pitches — the second-most pitches thrown in a no-hitter in at least 25 years — the wiry hurler likely placed himself back in the good graces of San Francisco loyalists.

As I said regarding Bailey after his historic night just over a week and a half ago, it remains to be seen whether Lincecum keeps it up during his next start, but for at least one night, “The Freak” was unleashed once again.

Josh McKinney is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SuperJMac32, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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