Giants' Lincecum hurls 2nd career no-hitter
SAN FRANCISCO — Right-hander Tim Lincecum pitched his second career no-hitter Wednesday and second in two seasons against the San Diego Padres, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 victory at AT&T Park.
Lincecum recorded his seventh career shutout and 10th career complete game, striking out six and walking only one. He also went 2-for-3 with a walk at the plate, collecting his second and third hits of the season and scoring his first two runs.
Lincecum threw his first career no-hitter last season against San Diego on April 13 at Petco Park, striking out 13 and walking four in a 9-0 Giants victory.
With a sellout crowd on its feet Wednesday, Lincecum retired center fielder Will Venable on a ground ball to second baseman Joe Panik for the final out and was mobbed by his teammates.
Coming into the game, Lincecum was 14-6 with a 2.47 ERA in 27 starts against the Padres. He was 6-3 against the Padres in 12 starts at AT&T, holding them to one or fewer runs eight times.
In his previous start against Arizona, Lincecum struck out only one batter for the second time in his career, allowing four runs and seven hits in a 4-1 loss.
Lincecum struck out the first two Padres he faced Wednesday, but throughout most of the game he pounded the strike zone with quality pitches and made San Diego hit the ball.
Lincecum issued a one-out walk to third baseman Chase Headley in the second but struck out first baseman Tommy Medica and retired second baseman Alexi Amarista on a ground ball.
In the top of the fourth with one out, Padres right fielder Seth Smith smoked a one-hopper to first base, but Buster Posey made a backhand grab and stepped on first for the out. Then in the top of the fifth, Amarista hit a line drive to right, but right fielder Hunter Pence moved a few steps to his left for the out.