Jul 13, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) pitches his first career no-hitter against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Lincecum Pitches No Hitter Against San Diego

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Tim Lincecum pitched the first no-hitter of his career tonight in the San Francisco Giants 9-0 rout of the San Diego Padres. The Giants needed San Diego after the skid they were on. So far in San Diego, they have won the first 3 of a 4 game series. Fortunately, Lincecum had some help from his teammates, not only with the bat, but also in the field. Pablo Sandoval made a couple of long throws over the first base to keep the Padres hitless. But Hunter Pence was the difference maker in the bottom of the 8th, making a fantastic catch in right field. This was also the first no hitter thrown in PETCO Park in San Diego.

Lincecum walked 4 in the game and struck out 13 batters. It not only was one of the best games he’s had in recent years, but also one of the best of his career, and a history-making night. What a redemption story for the 2 time Cy Young Award winner that most baseball fans and Giants fans have come to accept his future may not be with the Giants.

As for the bats, they continued to be hot tonight. The Giants had 10 hits, including home runs by Brandon Belt and Hunter Pence. Buster Posey and Sandoval both went 3 for 4.

Congrats, Timmy! You deserve it.

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