Tim Lincecum had been frustratingly inconsistent as of late, giving up 17 runs in 22.1 innings (6.85 ERA, 1.30 WHIP) through his first four June starts, but as he well knows, a meeting with the San Diego Padres can heal all wounds.
The 30-year-old righty hurled the second no-hitter of his career—and second against the Padres—Wednesday afternoon, striking out six and walking just one during the San Francisco Giants' 4-0 win.
As he noted after the game, his control was a key factor on the day:
Here's a look at the final out:
As Numbers Never Lie and CSN's Andrew Baggarly noted, Big Time Timmy Jim became the first person in over a century to no-hit the same team twice:
He celebrated the accomplishment afterward with the team, donning a shirt that can only be seen as a hopeful sign of things to come Thursday for the United States' World Cup squad against Germany:
Lincecum walked Chase Headley in the top of the second inning then proceeded to retire the next 23 hitters in order. He needed only 113 pitches to complete the gem, he reached base (one walk, two hits) two more times than the Padres entire team, and the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea noted these are the type of efforts that earned him a two-year contract extension in the winter:
While some may scoff at that notion, thanks to the roller-coaster ride Lincecum has been on the past three seasons, there's no denying what has been a marvelous career, as ESPN's Keith Law pointed out:
Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan and Washington Nationals young slugger Bryce Harper also offered their praise:
Of course, while Lincecum was absolutely dealing all day long, the Padres aren't exactly a hitting powerhouse.
They entered the day last in the majors in average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage, and Grantland's Johan Keri noted they are far worse than even those numbers indicate:
As ESPN's Eric Karabell suggested, this may not be the last time you see this team on the wrong side of history:
CSN Bay Area's Ray Ratto, meanwhile, showed off either his comedic chops or lack of math skills:
While this may not be an indication that Lincecum, who entered the day with a 4.90 ERA and 1.48 WHIP, has fully rediscovered his Cy Young stuff, it's a tremendous way for him to gain some necessary confidence heading into the second half of the season.
If he can turn this historic performance into some consistency, the 46-32 Giants' recent struggles will soon be an afterthought.