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2011 San Francisco Giants Media Guide

2011 San Francisco Giants Media Guide

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Tim Lincecum’s 15 wins in 2009 are the 2nd
lowest victory total over a full season of
any starting pitcher who won the Cy Young
Award in either league.

in 1962) and Mark Davis (23 years, 165 days in 1984)…
lasted just 3.0 innings (matching his shortest start of
career) while allowing 3 runs on 4 hits with 5 Ks in that
OD outing against Brewers…according to Elias, lincecum
joined sandy Koufax as only pitchers to have won Cy
young award and lasted as few as 3.0 innings in their 1st
starts in following season…Koufax won award in 1965
and in his 1st start in 1966, lasted just 3.0 innings after
allowing 5 runs to astros.
> registered his 500th career strikeout June 2 at Washington
by striking out his 1st batter faced (Cristian Guzman)…
reached milestone in just his 69th career game…accord-
ing to Elias, only 5 pitchers who entered Major leagues
in 1900 or later got to 500 strikeouts in fewer games:
Dwight Gooden (61), Hideo Nomo (66), Kerry Wood (66),
Mark prior (67) and Herb score (68)…was fastest Giant
to reach that mark, surpassing Jason schmidt, who held
previous mark with 75 games and 500 Ks.
> Tossed 3 complete games in 4-game span June 12-29,
becoming 1st Giants pitcher since Jason schmidt (2003) to
post that many complete games in 4-start stretch…tossed
his 2nd career complete-game shutout in sF’s 3-0 blanking
of Oakland June 12 at aT&T park…went distance again
June 23 at Oakland in sF’s 4-1 win.
> Was named Nl pitcher of Month for June after going 4-1
with 1.48 era (8er, 48.2ip), 3 complete games, 48 strike-
outs against 9 walks and holding opposing batters to .202
avg. against (35-for-173) in his 6 June assignments…was
his 1st-ever pitcher of Month award…also for his efforts
during month was named MlBs Clutch performer.
> Had career-best 29.0-inning scoreless streak from June
23-July 9, marking 4th-longest streak in sF-era history…
only longer streaks were by Gaylord perry (40.0 innings in
1967 and 39.0 innings in 1970) and Juan Marichal (30.0
innings in 1966)…his 29.0-inning streak was longest in
Majors, 1.0 inning ahead of teammate Jeremy affeldt,
who had 28.0-inning streak.
> Took no-hitter into 7th inning of his July 9 start vs. padres
at aT&T park…was his longest start in his career in which
he carried no-hitter…gave up 3 consecutive singles to
start 7th and was pulled from game after he walked 2 of
his next 4 hitters…ended evening with 8 Ks in 6.2 innings
in sF’s 9-3 win…no defending Cy young winner has
recorded no-hitter since Bob Gibson accomplished feat
against pirates in 1971.
> Was named to his 2nd-straight Nl all-star team, along
with teammate Matt Cain, marking just 3rd time in sF-era
history that club had 2 starting pitchers on all-star squad
(also Johnny antonelli, sam Jones in 1959 and Juan
Marichal and Gaylord perry in 1966)…went 10-2 with
2.33 era (33er, 127.2ip) in 18 1st half starts…was named

Longest Scoreless Streaks

SF-Era History—Single Season


IP (Year)

Gaylord Perry

40.0 (1967)

Gaylord Perry

39.0 (1970)

Juan Marichal

30.0 (1966)

Tim Lincecum

29.0 (2009)

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starting pitcher for Nl team by manager Charlie Manuel,
becoming 7th Giant to start Midsummer Classic and 1st
since Jason schmidt in 2004…threw 35 pitches over 2.0
innings, allowing 2 runs (1er) on 2 hits in his 1st career
all-star outing July 14 at st. louis’ Busch stadium.
> Became just 3rd Giants pitcher since 1958 to strike out
15-or-more batters in single contest when he did so July
27 vs. pittsburgh in what was his 6th career complete-
game…joined Jason schmidt (16 Ks – June 6, 2006) and
Gaylord perry (15 Ks – July 22, 1966) as only Giants to
accomplish feat…also became 1st Giants pitcher with
15-or-more strikeouts in game in which he didn’t allow an
earned run since Nl got idea to keep track of earned runs
back in 1912 (Elias).
> Was named Nl Co-player of Week with Florida’s Josh
Willingham for week of July 27-aug. 2 after going 2-0
and allowing just 2 unearned runs in 17.0 innings…also
registered 23 strikeouts against 4 walks while also throw-
ing 1 complete game.
> Missed start for 1st time as Giant sept. 8 with lower-back
spasms that forced him to miss game against padres…he
first reported pain in his back when Giants landed in san
Francisco when team flew home from Milwaukee sept. 6…

Giants’ top pitching prospect, Madison Bumgarner started
in his place, in what was his highly anticipated Major
league debut…returned from his back issues and recorded
his 14th victory sept. 14 vs. Colorado in sF’s 9-1 win.


Became 1st Giants Cy Young winner since 1967, and just 2nd ever, joining Mike McCormick, after
posting spectacular 18-5 record with 2.62 ERA (66er, 227.0ip) and ML-leading 265 strikeouts in 34
games (33 starts) for San Francisco in his 1st full big league season.

> Of 32 ballots submitted by 2 writers in each league city,
lincecum was listed 1st on 23 ballots, 2nd on 7 and
3rd on one to total 137 points, based on 5-3-1 tabula-
tion system…joined Dwight Gooden (Mets, 1985), Bret
saberhagen (royals, 1985) and Fernando Valenzuela
(Dodgers, 1981) as only pitchers to win Cy young award
in their 1st full big league season.
> Was 24 years old when he won award, becoming young-
est Cy young winner, in either league, since roger
Clemens was 24 in 1986…also became 13th pitcher to
win honor with team having sub .500 record.
> established sF-era single season strikeout record, sur-
passing Jason schmidt’s 2004 total of 251…became just
9th Giant since 1900 to record at least 200 Ks in single
season (22nd occurrence) and became only Giant to lead
Majors in modern era in strikeouts, 1st to pace Nl since
Bill Voiselle recorded 161 Ks in 1944…his 265 punchouts

were most in Majors since randy Johnson had 290 and
Johan santana collected 265 in 2004…since 1900, only 3
other pitchers had as many strikeouts in their sophomore
season as lincecum: Vida Blue (301 for 1971 a’s), Frank
Tanana (269 for 1975 angels) and Dwight Gooden (268 for
1985 Mets) (Elias).
> placed 23rd in Nl MVp voting.
> Was named Nl pitcher of year by The Sporting News
and was named players Choice for Most Outstanding Nl
pitcher, announced by MlB players association…was
also selected as starter of year in MlB.com’s annual This
year in Baseball awards presented by state Farm, which
was voted on by fans.
> Was selected to his 1st Nl all-star Game, becoming 13th
starting pitcher in sF annals to be selected, however, did
not appear in Mid-summer Classic at yankee stadium
after suffering from flu-like symptoms.
> Besides leading all Ml pitchers in strikeouts, ranked 3rd
overall in both era and winning percentage (.782)…fin-
ished 2nd in Nl in era behind New york’s Johan santana
(2.53) and ranked 2nd in senior circuit in wins behind
arizona’s Brandon Webb (22)…also ranked 2nd in Nl with
26 quality starts, while his .221 opponents avg. against
(182-for-824) led all Nl hurlers…paced Nl leaders in
strikeouts per 9.0 innings (10.5), along with allowing few-
est Hrs per 9.0 innings (0.44)…fashioned Nl-best 2.22
era (29er, 117.2ip) on road, while his 10 road victories
were tied for 2nd-most in Nl…in fact, his .833 winning
pct. on road was 2nd-highest in sF history.
> posted lowest avg. against with rIsp in Nl (2nd-lowest in
Majors) with .167 clip (32-for-192).
> Was one of 5 pitchers in sF Giants history to win at least
18 of his 1st 23 decisions, joining Gaylord perry (20-3 in
1966), Juan Marichal (19-4 in 1968, 18-5 in 1963 and 18-5
in 1966), John Burkett (18-5 in 1993) and shawn estes

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