Giants’ Lincecum No-Hits Padres

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The shaggy hair, overpowering fastball and consistent dominance have been replaced by a mustache, off-speed pitches and a long stretch of mediocrity.Tim Lincecum has undergone quite a transformation since bursting on the scene as the undersized Freak who dominated bulky sluggers.Through it all, Lincecum has remained a fan favorite in San Francisco for his ability to produce memorable performances.Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in less than a year, allowing only one runner June 25 and leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win.“Right now I guess I can say it’s really cool,” Lincecum said. “When I get older I can reflect on that a little more and just take it in for what it’s worth. Right now I’m still kind of in the moment.”Lincecum shut down the weakest-hitting team in the majors, striking out six and walking one in a 113-pitch outing — 35 fewer than he needed last July 13 against the Padres in his first no-hitter.Lincecum retired the final 23 batters after walking Chase Headley in the second inning, relying much more on his off-speed stuff than his fastball. Though the Padres hit a few balls hard, San Francisco fielders didn’t need to make any exceptional plays to preserve Lincecum’s gem.“I’ve always been that guy who will kind of go for the strikeout,” Lincecum said. “I think my first no-hitter I had 13, so I think I was going for those a little bit more often.”“Today I tried to be a little bit more efficient and take what they were going to give me. They were giving me a lot of groundballs and a lot of pop flies, so I was just going to try to keep attacking the way that I was,” he said.The right-hander with two NL Cy Young Awards became just the second pitcher in major league history to no-hit the same team twice. Hall of Famer Addie Joss did it for Cleveland against the Chicago White Sox with a perfect game in 1908 and a no-hitter in 1910.Lincecum (6-5) threw the 16th no-hitter in Giants’ history. Just one other pitcher has thrown two for the team: Christy Mathewson for the New York Giants more than 100 years ago.“It’s hard enough to do one,” Giants Manager Bruce Bochy said. “To do two, that puts you in a little different class. I couldn’t be happier.”Lincecum joined Sandy Koufax, Randy Johnson and Roy Halladay as the only pitchers with two Cy Young awards and two no-hitters. “Just to be in that company allows me a chance to pat myself on the back a little bit,” he said.Making the performance even sweeter was the fact that Lincecum got two hits of his own, becoming the first pitcher with two hits in a no-hitter since Rick Wise hit two homers for Philadelphia against Cincinnati on June 23, 1971.“Regardless of what they did, I think it’s cool I got two hits anyway because up to today I only had one and a pretty poor batting average,” Lincecum said. “I got that thing above .100 and I feel much better about it.”But Lincecum will always be known for his pitching. He arrived as a shaggy-haired phenom nicknamed the Freak in 2007 for his ability to generate tremendous velocity from his slight frame.He won NL Cy Young awards in 2008 and ’09 and helped lead the Giants to their first World Series title in San Francisco the following season.As age and wear and tear ate away at his velocity, Lincecum was forced to change his approach to pitching. It hasn’t been an easy transformation at times as he posted a losing record the past two seasons as his ERA hovered around 5.00.He was even relegated to the bullpen when the Giants won it all again in 2012, but was brought back with a $35 million, two-year deal last offseason for moments just like this.“I think it’s been a battle for him at times to make that transformation to what he is now,” Bochy said. “Sometimes less is more, and that’s what I think if anything, hopefully, he learned today.”Lincecum made quick work of the San Diego hitters in the late innings. He drew a standing ovation when he batted in the eighth, then got another ovation when he took the mound to begin the ninth.Lincecum struck out pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia to open the ninth. Pinch-hitter Yasmani Grandal followed with a tapper back to Lincecum, who tossed to first for the out.Will Venable was up next and Lincecum retired him on an easy grounder to second base. Lincecum took a few steps toward first when the ball was hit, stopped to watch the play and clapped his hand into his glove when it was over.Catcher Hector Sanchez soon met Lincecum for an embrace, and the rest of the Giants joined in the celebration. “It was amazing,” Sanchez said. “Anybody wants to be part of something special like this. That’s a great feeling.”(JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Umesh Yadav’s maiden 10-wicket haul helps India sweep Test series vs West Indies

first_imgPaceman Umesh Yadav bagged his first-ever 10-wicket haul in a match to help India sweep the two-match Test series against West Indies in Hyderabad on Sunday.This was also India’s first-ever 10-wicket victory over West Indies in Tests.Umesh, who got his career-best 6/88 in the first innings, ended with 4/45 in the second to help India bowl Windies out for a paltry 127 on Day 3 of the Hyderabad Test.Sunil Ambris top-scored for the tourists with 38 while spinners Ravindra Jadeja 3/12 and Ravichandran Ashwin (2/24) shared five wickets between themselves.Chasing 72 to sweep the two-match series, openers Prithvi Shaw (33 not out) and KL Rahul (33 not out) looked positive in their approach and needed only 16.1 overs to take India home at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal.Hyderabad Test: Day 3 Highlights | ScorecardRahul, who has struggled to find his rhythm right of late, got off the mark with a huge six over long off off Jomel Warrican in the second over of India’s chase.Shaw took a couple of blows to his body off Jason Holder. In the first instance Shaw was defending a ball when he was hit on his right elbow by a rising delivery. In the second, Shaw ducked but Holder’s delivery did not bounce much and it hit the Indian opener on his left bicep.The scenes were quite similar to how once Sachin Tendulkar got out to Glenn McGrath leg before wicket. However, this time the difference was umpire Ian Gould who turned down the appeal and luckily for Shaw the ball tracker showed umpire’s call in replays.advertisementIt was all happening with Shaw as he survived a stumping chance on 13 when substitute wicketkeeper Hamilton failed to gather the ball completely off Devendra Bishoo.The play was also extended beyond the cut-off time of 5 PM IST when India required only 14 runs to win.INDIA WIN!! pic.twitter.com/lTgNnJPjv3BCCI (@BCCI) October 14, 2018Umesh, who was on a hat-trick from the first innings, missed that opportunity but struck on the second ball of the innings, with Kraigg Brathwaite (0) caught behind.With Shardul Thakur out injured, spin was introduced early and Ashwin made the West Indies’s batsmen skittish on the three-day-old pitch.The score was 6-2 when Kieran Powell (0) was caught at slip off Ashwin, albeit television replays sided with the bowler in the absence of conclusive proof that Ajinkya Rahane dropped the chance.Shai Hope (28) played with some resolve but his teammates continued to struggle against India’s spin troika.Shimron Hetmyer (17) tried to hit out against Kuldeep Yadav (1/45) and was caught at backward point. Four balls later, Jadeja had Hope caught at slip.First innings centurion Roston Chase (6) tried to dig in again as he put on 23 runs with Ambris.But Umesh returned with another burst just before the tea break, removing the stumps of Chase and Shane Dowrich (0) successively to tilt the game decisively towards India.Innings Break!Windies all out for 127 in the second innings. @y_umesh registers his first 10-wkt haul in Tests.#TeamIndia require 72 runs to win the 2nd Test.Chase coming up shortly #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/7YOu03pPoaBCCI (@BCCI) October 14, 2018Windies skipper Holder was involved in a 38-run stand with Ambris before Jadeja returned to send the two settled batsmen back to the pavilion.Jomel Warrican, who returned to the Windies XI after a gap of almost 2 years, was clean bowled by Ashwin while Umesh came back into the attack to castle Shanon Gabriel.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

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