Lincecum scattered four walks throughout the evening on the way to the no-hitter and joins Homer Bailey as the only pitchers to throw a no-hitter during the 2013 season. Coincidentally, Bailey’s no-hitter came as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Giants 3-0 just 11 days prior on July 2nd. Luckily for the Giants and for Lincecum, the All-Star break is upon us because it took 148 pitches to accomplish the feat.
According to ESPN Stats & Info on Twitter, that’s one pitch shy for the most in any no-hitter in the last quarter century. Along with his four walks, he also had 13 strike outs — only nine pitchers have had more than 13 strike outs during a no-hitter.
Lincecum’s was also the first one pitched in Petco Park’s 10-year history.
Lincecum’s ERA has been awful by his standards, currently at 4.26 with a 5-9 record. He has been better lately, though; in three starts in July, he has only allowed six runs and has 32 strike outs, while only walking seven batters. None of that matters right now, though.
On this night, the Giants can celebrate a victory and a no-hitter. His 148 pitches were the most pitches he has thrown by far all season long. When it comes to a guy like Lincecum, there’s no way to know how this may affect him going forward. Hopefully for the Giants, it won’t affect him negatively, but will help propel him to being the elite pitcher they all remember.
Greg Higgins is a MLB contributor for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @greghiggins457