Quick Hits for June 26, 2014

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Tim Lincecum

TWO NO-NO’S – SAME CALENDAR YEAR… According to Elias, Lincecum joins Homer Bailey, Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax as the only players in the Expansion Era (since 1961) to throw two no-hitters within the span of a calendar year.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Tim Lincecum

ELITE COMPANY… Lincecum is now one of four pitchers all-time with multiple Cy Young Awards and multiple no-hitters, joining Roy Halladay, Randy Johnson and Sandy Koufax… Lincecum and Koufax are the only two with multiple no-hitters, multiple Cy Young Awards and multiple World Series rings.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Tim Lincecum

TWICE AS FUN… Lincecum became the 32nd pitcher with multiple no-hitters and became the fourth active pitcher to achieve the feat, joining Homer Bailey, Mark Buerhle and Justin Verlander.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Tim Lincecum

THREE STRAIGHT SEASONS WITH A NO-HITTER… Giants pitchers (Cain in 2012, Lincecum in 2013, Lincecum in 2014) have recorded a no-hitter in each of the last three seasons… the last time a team had a no-hitter in three-straight seasons was when Nolan Ryan of the California Angels had two in 1973 and one each in 1974 and 1975 (Elias).

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Tim Lincecum

DID YOU KNOW?… Yesterday was the second time that the Padres’ Chase Headley cost a Giants pitcher a perfect game as he was the only baserunner allowed by Jonathan Sanchez in his no-hitter on July 10, 2009 and then was the only runner allowed by Lincecum yesterday.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Buster Posey

BUSTER POSEY… Had a season-high four hits with a2B and two RBI in support of Lincecum no-no, playing 1B.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Hunter Pence

HUNTER PENCE… Is only Giants player on the team to start all 79 games…has played 702 of SF’s 707 innings.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Brandon Crawford

BRANDON CRAWFORD… Has started 71 of 79 games at shortstop (11 errors).

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Hector Sanchez

HECTOR SANCHEZ… Caught Lincecum no-no yesterday, becoming just third Venezuelan born player to catch a no hitter (Miguel Montero 2010, Jesus Montero 2012 – courtesy Bill Arnold).

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2014, Fans

SERIES NOTES… The Giants took two of three from Cincinnati earlier this month at Great American Ball Park, winning its first series versus the Reds since August of 2010… dating back to the beginning of the 2011 season, the Reds have won seven of the last 12 meetings here at AT&T Park.

 

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