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Lincecum strikes out a lot of hitters

Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants

Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants throws against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (May 4, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

It took Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson 17 years to record 28 double-digit strikeout games.

Tim Lincecum needed less than five seasons to pass that record, but the pitcher they call "The Freak" didn’t seem overly impressed by his accomplishment.

“It’s cool, I guess,” Lincecum said after striking out 12 batters in the San Francisco Giants' 2-0 win over the Mets  on Wednesday night at Citi Field. “I still have a lot more pitching to come.”

Lincecum (3-3) struck out five straight Mets to end his seven-inning effort. Though he threw 127 pitches, he said he could have gone longer.

“The number is nothing that’s verbalized, but when you get up to that many pitches you sort of know,” Lincecum said about coming out of the game. “I didn’t feel that any gas was leaking from the tank. I was feeling pretty good though.”


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