Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants is a 2x Cy Young Winner, a 2x World Series Champion, and now the latest to pitch a no hitter. In 148 pitches, Lincecum no hit the San Diego Padres and struck out 13 batters. Lincecum is now 5-9 with a 4.26 ERA but he showed the flash he had when he won back to back Cy Young Awards.
There were three major things that saved the no hitter. The first was in the 7th inning when Pablo Sandoval made a great play at 3rd base to throw out Jesus Guzman. Then, the second great play was in the 8th inning when Alexi Amarista hit it to right field and Hunter Pence made a diving catch to end the inning. Pence got up and pumped his fist. He saved the no hitter. Lincecum was pointing to him and waited for Pence to run in to give him a high five. He was now only three outs away. The third big thing was that Bruce Bochy let him stay in the game with a pitch count that high. Even with a no hitter on the line, staying in past 130 pitches is very rare. If Lincecum allowed even one hit he would have been taken out immediately. The fact that the All Star Break was just 3 days away was also a contributing factor. Overall, this was a great night for one of the best pitchers.
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