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The first three full years of Tim Lincecum's Major League Baseball career couldn't have played out much better.
In 2008 and 2009, Lincecum took home two consecutive Cy Young Awards. In 2010, he recorded a win in the game-clinching contest of the 2010 World Series, giving the Giants their first title since 1954.
One feat the Freak hadn't yet achieved was a no-hitter. But on a cool night at Coors Field of all places, Lincecum flirted with perfection.
Lincecum was dazzling early on, sitting down 19 consecutive Rockies. He showed no ill-effects from the humidor incident that occurred the previous fall. Timmy was so dialed in, it took Colorado until the seventh inning just to get a ball out of the infield.
Unfortunately for Lincecum, it was also in that seventh inning when he lost his no-hit bid on a Carlos Gonzalez single to right. Although Gonzalez was responsible for ending the no-hit opportunity, he was quick to compliment the Giants young ace.
"Well, the guy was dealing today," Gonzalez said. "That's why the guy has two Cy Young Awards.
The fact that this dominating performance occurred against the division rival Rockies in a hitter-friendly park makes it that much more special. Lincecum came up short this time, but he proved he is more than capable of sitting down 27 in a row at some point in his career.