Lincecum throws second no-hitter

Lincecum joined Sandy Koufax, Randy Johnson and Roy Halladay as the only pitchers with two Cy Young Awards and two no-hitters. Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum threw a no-hitter Wednesday in a 4-0 win over the San Diego Padres. It was the 16th no-hitter in Giants history and the second no-hitter of Linecum’s career, both of which have come against the Padres. The previous one came on July 13, 2013.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner threw 113 pitches, striking out six and walking one, a more efficient performance than his no-hitter last year, when he needed 148 pitches to get through nine hitless innings, although he did strike out 13.

“I didn’t feel like my stuff was great,” Lincecum said. “It was not a stuff day. It was more of a location day.”

Lincecum, 30, joins Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle and Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey as the only active players with two no-hitters in their careers. In addition, he joins Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson as the only Giants pitchers to have thrown two no-hitters.

Lincecum improved to 6-5 on the season, while lowering his ERA to 4.42.