Lincecum's second no-no 16th in Giants history
Club has recorded a no-hitter in three straight years, including Cain's perfect game
Tim Lincecum threw his second career no-hitter in as many seasons on Wednesday, both coming against the San Diego Padres. This was the 16th no-hitter in Giants history, which is tied for fourth most all-time among teams (Reds).
Lincecum now joins Christy Mathewson as the only Giants players to perform the feat twice in team history. A Giants pitcher has thrown a no-hitter for three consecutive years -- Lincecum twice and Matt Cain in 2012. The last team to have a pitcher throw three straight no-hitters was the Angels from 1973-75, all performed by Nolan Ryan.
In 2012, Cain threw the first perfect game in club history against the Astros, in what would be one of the most dominant performances in baseball history. He tied Sandy Koufax's perfect game record with 14 strikeouts and a game score -- a statistic that rates pitchers' starts (usually from 0 to 100) based on innings pitched, runs, hits, strikeouts and walks -- of 101, the best of any Major League outing since Kerry Wood's 105 in 1998.
|Tim Lincecum||Padres||June 25, 2014||4-0|
|Tim Lincecum||Padres||July 13, 2013||9-0|
|Matt Cain*||Astros||June 13, 2012||10-0|
|Jonathan Sanchez||Padres||July 10, 2009||8-0|
|John Montefusco||Braves||Sept. 29, 1976||9-0|
|Ed Halicki||Mets||Aug. 24, 1975||6-0|
|Gaylord Perry||Cardinals||Sept. 17, 1968||1-0|
|Juan Marichal||Colt .45s||June 15, 1963||1-0|
|Carl Hubbell||Pirates||May 8, 1929||11-0|
|Jesse Barnes||Phillies||May 7, 1922||6-0|
|Rube Marquard||Robins||April 15, 1915||2-0|
|Jeff Tesreau||Phillies||Sept. 6, 1912||3-0|
|Hooks Wiltse||Phillies||July 4, 1908||1-0 (10)|
|Christy Mathewson||Cubs||June 13, 1905||1-0|
|Christy Mathewson||Cardinals||July 15, 1901||5-0|
|Amos Rusie||Grooms||July 31, 1891||6-0|
Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez twirled the 13th no-hitter in club history against the Padres in 2009. The only baserunner who reached against him came on a Juan Uribe error in the eighth inning, ending Sanchez's bid for perfection. Sanchez struck out 11 in the first no-hitter recorded at AT&T Park.
You have to turn the calendar back 33 years prior to Sanchez's historic outing to find the previous no-hitter in club history. John Montefusco's 16th win of the season was a special one, as the right-hander allowed only one baserunner, a leadoff walk in the fourth inning. While the no-hitter won't go down as the flashiest in history -- Montefusco's four strikeouts are relatively low for no-hitters -- it is unique in that it came away from San Francisco at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
Although it took 33 years for the Giants to twirl another no-hitter after Montefusco did so in 1976, his was the second in two seasons. Ed Halicki no-hit the Mets in the second game of a doubleheader on Aug. 24, 1975, in what turned out to be the last no-hitter thrown at Candlestick Park. Halicki struck out 10 and allowed just two walks in front of home-plate umpire Bruce Froemming, who retired in 2007 having worked in front of a record 11 no-hitters.
Gaylord Perry twirled the club's 10th no-hitter on Sept. 17, 1968, in a 1-0 win over the Cardinals. Perry's no-hitter was one of five in 1968, which is known as The Year of the Pitcher. The Giants scored the only run Perry needed in the 1-0 victory in the bottom of the first inning against Bob Gibson, who finished the season with a 1.12 ERA and the league's Most Valuable Player Award. Coincidentally, the Cardinals' Ray Washburn no-hit the Giants the very next day at Candlestick Park.
Five years prior to Perry's outing, the legendary Juan Marichal threw his only no-hitter on June 15, 1963, against the Houston Colt 45s at the Astrodome. It marked the organization's first no-hitter since moving to San Francisco and ended the longest no-hitter drought in club history, as the last one had come in 1929. Only two baserunners reached against Marichal, and they came on walks in the fifth and seventh innings. He finished the 1963 season with a National League-best 23 wins.
Carl Hubbell recorded the Giants' last no-hitter while based in New York on May 8, 1929. In the 11-0 win against the Pirates, Hubbell was excellent in front of a defense that committed three errors. He struck out four and walked just one at the iconic Polo Grounds.
Seven years earlier, Jesse Barnes threw the seventh no-hitter in team history on May 7, 1922, against the Philadelphia Phillies. The game's only baserunner reached on a walk, but otherwise Barnes' afternoon was unblemished. The Giants scored five runs in the game's first two innings and cruised to the 6-0 victory as the team recorded its 16th win in 20 games to start the season.
Rube Marquard became the second left-handed Giant to throw a no-hitter when he did so in the second game of the 1915 season against the Brooklyn Robins, who later became the Dodgers. Marquard arranged his sale to Brooklyn just four months later after struggling for much of the season outside of the no-hitter.
On Sept. 6, 1912, Jeff Tesreau threw the fifth no-hitter in team history and the second of three against the Philadelphia Phillies. Tesreau's signature pitch, the spitball, helped him keep the Phillies hitless near the end of his first regular season in the Major Leagues. Tesreau led the National League with a 1.96 ERA in 1912 and helped the Giants reach the World Series.
Hooks Wiltse nearly became the first Giant to throw a perfect game 104 years before Cain achieved the honors at AT&T Park. With two outs in the ninth against the Phillies, Wiltse hit a batter, the only Philadelphia player to reach in the game. After recording the 27th out of the game a play later, there was just one problem: The Giants hadn't scored a run yet and the game went to extra innings. In the 10th, they scored a run for Wiltse, who retired the side in order in the inning to become the first pitcher in baseball history to throw a no-hitter in extra innings.
Mathewson threw his first no-hitter in 1901 and followed up with a second in 1905. Interestingly, neither was thrown at the Polo Grounds, where Mathewson dominated hitters for 17 seasons.
The second outing featured one of the fiercest pitching duels of the early 20th century, as Mathewson and his counterpart, Cubs pitcher Mordecai Brown, both carried no-hitters into the ninth inning. After the Giants scratched out a run against Brown in the top of the ninth, Mathewson completed his second-career no-hitter in the next half-inning. The only two baserunners that reached against Mathewson that day stemmed from two errors by Giants shortstop Bill Dahlen.
Amos Rusie threw the first no-hitter in Giants history on July 31, 1891, against the Brooklyn Grooms. It marked his sixth shutout in what turned out to be a 33-win season. He led the league with 337 strikeouts in 1891, an incredible amount for any season, but especially considering, as Rusie said years later, "It took a lot of pitchin' to strike a man out in those days. The foul strike rule hadn't come in. A guy had to miss three of 'em clean before he was out."
Although Rusie threw the first no-hitter in club history, he -- or, perhaps, his fastball -- is most famous for being the main reason Major League Baseball moved the pitcher's mound back from 50 feet to the present-day 60-feet, six inches.
Jamal Collier and Andrew Owens are associate reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.