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.