Tim Lincecum on Saturday threw the seventh no-hitter in San Francisco Giants’ franchise history, and the landmark event wouldn’t have been possible without the excellent defensive play of one of his teammates.
With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, San Diego Padres center fielder Alexi Amarista hit a line drive to right field that looked like it was going to drop for San Diego’s first hit of the contest. But Giants right fielder Hunter Pence got a great read on the ball and began charging in with no hesitation. He then laid out on his side to make a sweet diving catch to preserve the no-hitter. After that play, it was all downhill for Lincecum, who struck out Chase Headley and then got two flyouts to complete the no-hitter.
“I thought that was a for sure hit,” Lincecum said of Amarista’s ball after the game during an interview with NBC Bay Area. “But you see Hunter flying out of nowhere making the flying grab, that was just really impressive and a big play for us.”
In addition to Pence, third baseman Pablo Sandoval also made a sweet play to preserve the no-hitter. His came with two outs in the seventh: