SAN DIEGO -- Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to strike out at least 200 batters in three consecutive seasons when he slipped a called third strike past San Diego's Yorvit Torrealba in Sunday's second inning.
Hall of Famer Juan Marichal (1963-66) was the last Giant to accomplish this feat. The others performed during the franchise's New York era -- Christy Mathewson (1903-05) and Amos Rusie (1890-93), also Hall of Famers.
Lincecum, who led the National League in strikeouts in each of the previous two seasons, entered Sunday trailing pacesetter Roy Halladay of Philadelphia by two K's. If Lincecum were to lead the league again, he'd join Warren Spahn (1949-52) and Randy Johnson (1999-2002) as the only pitchers since World War II to top the NL in strikeouts for three consecutive years.