Wednesday's no-hitter against the San Diego Padres made Tim Lincecum just the second player in Major League Baseball history to toss multiple no-nos versus the same team, according to the MLB Stat of the Day. Lincecum joins former Cleveland Indians hurler Addie Joss, who threw no-hitters against the Chicago White Sox in 1908 and 1910.
The 30-year-old right-hander previously no-hit the Padres on July 13 last season, posting a 13-strikeout performance at San Diego's Petco Park. He walked four batters in the outing, which required him to throw a career-high 148 pitches.
Wednesday's start at AT&T Park was far more efficient, with Lincecum striking out six batters and walking just one. He needed only 113 pitches, tied for his second-highest total of the season.
While the right-hander's victim of choice may not be surprising, the timing of his no-hitters certainly is. A former back-to-back Cy Young Award winner (2008 and 2009), Lincecum has fallen off a cliff since 2011, when he posted a 2.74 ERA.
After turning in a hideous 5.18 ERA in 2012, Lincecum bounced back a bit to 4.37 last season. Even in the wake of Wednesday's no-hitter, his 2014 ERA sits at an unsightly 4.42.
Clearly still capable of brilliance, Lincecum is searching for the consistency that came so easily during the first five seasons of his career.
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