Tim Lincecum earns first career save, dodges balls thrown by catcher and umpire simultaneously in the process
Tim Lincecum and the Phillies have history.
On May 6, 2007, Lincecum made his Major League debut against Philadelphia, surrendering five runs in 4 1/3 innings, recording a no-decision as the Phils won 8-5. He faced Philadelphia three times in the 2010 postseason, including Game 1 of the NLCS in which he out-dueled Roy Halladay. He was obviously with the Giants when the benches cleared against the Phillies in August of 2011.
Fast forward to Tuesday. The Giants and Phillies were in the 14th inning at Citizens Bank Park and George Kontos got into some trouble protecting the late lead for San Francisco. Enter: Tim Lincecum.
One Phillies fan was particularly prepared for the occasion as he was armed with a "HIPPY TRASH" sign (which was also seen during the '10 postseason) even though Lincecum wasn't scheduled to pitch. The right-hander surrendered a walk, but got the two outs he needed to record his first career save, even battling double vision while doing so because umpire Chad Fairchild and catcher Hector Sanchez miscommunicated and threw balls back to the mound simultaneously.
As for Big Time Timmy Jim, he became the first pitcher since Matt Garza in 2010 to record a no-hitter and a save in the same season. Also, the Giants regained sole possession of first place in the NL West with Tuesday's victory (and a Dodgers loss).