DENVER » Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants sure weren’t complaining about the humidor last night.
"Not at all," said Lincecum, the two-time Cy Young Award winner who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning at Coors Field in San Francisco’s 8-1 rout of the Colorado Rockies.
Spotted an early eight-run cushion, thanks to homers by Pat Burrell, Nate Schierholtz and Freddy Sanchez, Lincecum cruised through Colorado’s lineup, dominating baseball’s best team over the season’s first 2 1⁄2 weeks until Carlos Gonzalez broke up his no-hit bid with a clean single in the seventh.
"I wasn’t really thinking about it," Lincecum said of his no-hit bid.
His teammates certainly were.
Burrell said he went to manager Bruce Bochy and asked to be taken out, figuring he was a defensive liability in left field late in the game.
"I went in and talked to Bochy and said, ‘Listen, I’d hate to be the guy that doesn’t get to a ball that somebody else might catch," said Burrell, who was replaced by Darren Ford in the middle of the seventh.
Lincecum allowed one run and three hits over 72⁄3 spectacular innings. He walked three, struck out 10 and allowed just four balls out of the infield, none in the first six innings.
"He’s always good, but tonight was some of his best stuff that I’ve seen," the Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki said. "And then he was getting up there 95 (mph) after CarGo got that hit. It seemed like he amped it up a little bit. He’s special."
This was the first visit to Coors Field by the Giants since they made a stink about the humidor protocol prior to a key series last September.
Last fall, MLB changed the humidor protocol one day after Lincecum was caught on camera uttering expletives after being given a new ball, suggesting it was a "juiced ball."
The Rockies insist they hold no grudges. The rivalry is spicy enough without any humidor hyperbole.
"I know a couple of their guys pretty good, including Lincecum," Tulowitzki said. "We think it’s pretty comical."