My first thought, even as Tim Lincecum's no-hitter developed through the mid to the late innings vs. the flailing Padres hitters ...

  • This is why the Giants paid Lincecum the money. Not because he'll be worth $17 million over a whole season, not realistically, but for five or six showstopping games a year.

    He turned in one or two of those this season before today, and this is obviously is a Big One. One of the biggest ones of Lincecum's career, and he's had more than his share of those, obviously.

    Lincecum is exactly the kind of star that has made the Giants what they are in this era -- huge personality, easy to embrace, electric performer when everything is right, somebody fans willingly live and die with.

    The Giants have built this on moments -- World Series moments, winning moments, star moments.

    Today is for the chills and memories #55 can still produce.

    For this franchise and for these loyal fans, that's worth A LOT.

  • Lincecum was tremendous in the strike zone, that's probably the most telling part of the actual performance. Or as Lincecum said afterward, "It wasn't a stuff day."

    Of what I saw -- and I only saw a little more than an inning or two --- the Padres hitters couldn't wait him out and sit on fat stuff in deep-counter situations because Lincecum was so effective early in the count, which kept them off-balance throughout.

    That's how Lincecum motored through this with only 113 pitches ... recording 6 strikeouts and the 1 walk.

    And that's of course a vast departure from no-hitter No. 1 last year, when he needed 148 pitches (with 13 strikeouts and 4 walks).

  • One stat that continues to bear watching: Lincecum's ERA at home: 3.19.

    Lincecum's ERA on the road: 6.68.

    How does this happen? Lincecum is absolutely a "feel" pitcher and where else would he feel better than on the mound at AT&T, where they adore him?

    And they're going to adore him forever now -- he joins Christy Matthewson as the only pitchers to throw multiple no-hitters in a Giants uniform.

    That's worth a wow.

    If I'm Bruce Bochy I really start to try to maneuver Lincecum to as many home starts -- and as few road starts -- as possible. Starting NOW.

    How can he do that? Use the All-Star break, off-days, maybe get ready to load in an extra starting pitcher ...

  • Yes, a few days ago I did suggest that the Padres' lineup seems (to me) like they could get no-hit by the Giants every time they play, and yes I took some heat from Padres fans after the first two games of this series.

    And the record shall reflect, after today:

    It's three Giants no-hitters vs. the Padres from 2009 (Jonathan Sanchez) to now (last year by Lincecum and today).

  • Just for the record: Posey hasn't caught a Lincecum start since April 26. This was Hector Sanchez's 11th straight Lincecum game. Posey caught Lincecum's 2013 no-hitter.

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