In honor of Tim’s 13 strikeout game against the Marlins on Tuesday, here’s a graph depicting every start in Lincecum’s career and how many strikeouts he had in that particular start.
For now, Lincecum’s career high for K’s in a game came against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009. In that game, Lincecum pitched 9 innings while striking out 15, walking 3, and allowing 0 runs. If you’re wondering where that 15K games places Lincecum on the all-time list for most strikeouts in a single game by a SF/NY Giant starter (data goes from 1920 onward), well then, BB-Ref has your answer.
|1||Jason Schmidt||2006-06-06||SFG||FLA||W 2-1||9.0||7||1||1||1||16|
|2||Tim Lincecum||2009-07-27||SFG||PIT||W 4-2||9.0||4||2||0||3||15|
|3||Gaylord Perry||1966-07-22||SFG||PHI||W 4-1||9.0||2||1||1||2||15|
|4||Carl Hubbell||1932-05-26||NYG||BRO||L 2-3||12.0||9||3||3||2||15|
|5||Atlee Hammaker||1983-09-11||SFG||HOU||W 3-2||7.2||7||2||2||1||14|
|6||John Montefusco||1975-08-27||SFG||MON||W 9-1||9.0||7||1||0||1||14|
|7||Gaylord Perry||1970-06-20||SFG||SDP||W 7-1||9.0||8||1||1||1||14|
|8||Gaylord Perry||1969-09-30||SFG||SDP||W 6-1||9.0||9||1||1||3||14|
|9||Juan Marichal||1965-08-04||SFG||CIN||W 4-3||10.0||12||3||3||3||14|
|10||Ron Herbel||1964-06-24||SFG||CIN||W 2-1||9.0||7||1||1||3||14|
Gaylord Perry makes our list 3 separate times along with some other classic pitchers. If you’re a Giants fan, the names of Montefusco, Marichal, and Hubbell should perk your ears. The Schimdt game was compelling because of the way it ended. The Marlins, down by just 1 run, put two men on to start the 9th inning and Schmidt proceeds to throw a wild pitch that moves up both runners a base, now standing on 3B and 2B. Schmidt then struck out Miguel Cabrera, Josh Willingham, and Jeremy Hermida in order to end the game. It’s easy to forget sometimes just how dominate vintage Jason Schmidt was, but this game summed him up perfectly when he was pitching healthy.
If I was a betting man, I’d place a wager on Lincecum eventually breaking the 16 strikeout mark that Schmidt set in 2006.