SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Lincecum's days of dominance may be over. That doesn't mean he can't dial up flashes of the Freak he once was, especially against the Padres.
Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against San Diego in less than a year, allowing one runner Wednesday and leading the Giants to a 4-0 win.
"I've always been that guy who will kind of go for the strikeout," Lincecum said. Wednesday "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."
Lincecum, who entered with a 6.85 ERA in four June starts, shut down baseball's weakest-hitting team. His 113 pitches were 35 fewer than in his no-hitter last July 13.
He joined Addie Joss as the only pitchers to twice no-hit the same team. Joss did it for Cleveland against the White Sox in 1908 and 1910.
"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."