June 26, 2014 in Sports

Giants’ Tim Lincecum pitches 2nd no-hitter vs Padres

Josh Dubow Associated Press
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Catcher Hector Sanchez helps Tim Lincecum celebrate his no-hitter.
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SAN FRANCISCO – Tim Lincecum’s days of dominance may be in the past. That doesn’t mean he can’t dial up flashes of the Freak he once was – especially against the San Diego Padres.

Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the Padres in less than a year, allowing only one runner Wednesday and leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win.

“I’ve always been that guy who will kind of go for the strikeout,” Lincecum said. “I think my first no-hitter I had 13, so I think I was going for those a little bit more often.”

Lincecum totally shut down the weakest-hitting team in the majors, striking out six and walking one in a 113-pitch outing – 35 fewer than he needed last July 13 against the Padres in his first no-hitter.

Lincecum retired the final 23 batters after walking Chase Headley in the second inning.

The right-hander with two N.L. Cy Young Awards became just the second pitcher in major league history to twice no-hit the same team. Hall of Famer Addie Joss did it for Cleveland against the Chicago White Sox with a perfect game in 1908 and a no-hitter in 1910.

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