Tim Lincecum Threw The Second No-Hitter Of The 2013 MLB Season

The Freak was unhittable tonight.

1. It took him 148 pitches, but Tim Lincecum pitched a no-hitter tonight against the San Diego Padres — the first of his career and one he couldn’t have accomplished without some timely help.

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2. This nifty play by third baseman Pablo Sandoval ended the seventh inning.

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3. And this sliding Hunter Pence catch ended the eighth inning.

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4. There was even a moment of lightheartedness during the eighth when the home plate umpire got nailed in the stomach with the ball and Lincecum couldn’t help but grimace along.

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5. But while Lincecum’s pitch count was quite high, there were no such dramatics in the ninth inning, and a lazy flyball to left ended the first-ever no-hitter at San Diego’s Petco Park.

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6. The players mobbed Lincecum, who finished the night with 13 strikeouts.

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7. Even with such a high pitch count, Lincecum mixed speeds well all night and kept the Padres hitters at bay.

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8. It wasn’t easy, for sure, but the seventh no-no in San Francisco Giants history won’t soon be forgotten.

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9. And here are all 27 of Lincecum’s outs — a good half coming via the strikeout.

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