Tim Lincecum has no-hit stuff. How many times have we heard that?
Monday night, he flirted with a no-no by throwing six hitless innings in Denver of all places, where hits can come by the dozen.
Lincecum gave up his first hit in the seventh inning, when Carlos Gonzalez lined a one-out single to right field. Lincecum lasted 7 2/3 innings, surrendered three hits and got credit for the Giants' 8-1 victory over the NL West's hottest team.
Gonzalez scored on Todd Helton's double.
The 6 1/3 hitless innings marked the closest Lincecum has ever come to a no-no. Previously, he went six hitless innings on July 9, 2009, against San Diego -- the very next night, Sanchez did no-hit the Padres.
Did Lincecum have a no-hitter on his mind before it ended?
"I wasn't really thinking about it. Up until that inning, I was more worried about just trying to throw strikes," said Lincecum, adding he was more concerned about his strike-to-walk ratio in the early innings, which he said "wasn't very good."
Still, he ended with 10 strikeouts (Troy Tulowitzki twice) and three walks.
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