Sunday, July 14, 2013

Tim Lincecum No-Hits Padres as Giants Triumph, 9-0; Tampa Bay's Luke Scott is Red Hot

Players of the Day for Saturday, July 13, 2013

American League

Who's the hottest team in the American League?

Luke Scott
Why, that would be the Tampa Bay Rays, who keep closing ground on AL East leader, Boston, evening their series with Houston at a game apiece and winners of 13 of their last 15, Saturday, with a 4-3 win over the visiting Astros.

As hot as the Rays have been, breathing down Boston's back, 3 1/2 games out, the hottest player on the Rays has to be Luke Scott, who pretty much won Saturday's game by himself, driving in three of Tampa's four runs with a two-run homer in the fifth inning and an RBI single in the sixth.

Scott's riding a nine-game hitting streak in which he's gone 14-for-32 (.438), with three homers and eight RBI.

The Rays and Astros will settle their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Tim Lincecum
National League

Hunter Pence drove in five runs to back the no-hit pitching of Tim Lincecum, as the Giants blasted San Diego, 9-0.

Lincecum, having an off year with just five wins against nine losses, came up with by far his best performance of the season when the Giants needed it; San Francisco is in fourth place in the NL West, trailing Arizona by 6 1/2 games.

Fanning a season-high 13 batters, Lincecum issued four bases on balls and hit one batter. San Diego stranded five base-runners, only one of whom reached second base. Everth Cabrera walked, stole second and moved to third on a Lincecum wild pitch, but was left there as the Giants' hurler got Carlos Quentin to line out to short, ending the threat. At one point, between the second and fourth innings, Lincecum struck out six straight potential hitters, fanning the side in the third.

Lincecum threw an astounding 148 pitches, 96 for strikes. The no-hitter was the ninth complete game and sixth shutout of his seven-year baseball career, all with San Francisco.

Today's Trivia: Who was the last National League player to league the league in RBI three straight seasons? (answer tomorrow)

Yesterday's Answer: The last Al player to lead the league in RBI three straight seasons was Cecil Fielder, who led the league in 1990, 1991 and 1992.

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