The San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum no-hit the San Diego Padres on Wednesday for the second time in less than a year.
“The Freak” allowed just one baserunner, walking Chase Headley in the second. He retired the next 23 batters to complete the task at AT&T Park with a 4-0 victory.
The only other major league pitcher to throw no-hitters against the same team is the Cleveland Naps’ Addie Joss, who tossed no-nos against the Chicago White Sox on Oct. 2, 1908 and April 20, 1910.
On July 13, 2013, Lincecum struck out 13 Padres hitters at Petco Park but needed a 148th pitch to get Yonder Alonso to fly out to left and complete the 9-0 no-hitter. His no-no pitch count is just one shy of the record since Major League Baseball began tracking such things in 1988. Third-baseman Pablo Sandoval contributed to the effort with a seventh-inning backhand grab on a sharp grounder and Hunter Pence helped with a diving eighth-inning catch.
Lincecum’s 2013 no-hitter was Petco Park’s first.
On the other side of the game on Wednesday, the Padres’ Ian Kennedy yielded a first-inning Buster Posey single for San Diego’s 7,245th regular season game without a no-no. The Padres remain the only team with no no-no.