Homer Bailey threw a no-hitter on Tuesday, allowing the Cincinnati Reds to top the San Francisco Giants 3-0. He was also the last pitcher in the MLB to throw a no-hitter.
Bailey’s previous almost perfect game came on September 28, 2012. And Tuesday night was almost perfect as well, with the exception of one baserunner in the seventh inning.
The Reds pitcher issued a lead-off walk to the Giants’ Gregor Blanco and later saw Reds first baseman Joey Votto keep the no-hitter alive when he fielded a groundball and threw to third base to get Blanco out. Bailey was able to strike out nine batters and throw just 109 pitches in the entire game, which improved his record to 5-6.
The game allowed Homer Bailey to become the fourth active pitcher to have two no-hitters. Others in the club include Roy Halladay, Justin Verlander, and Mark Buehrle. In a post-game interview, Bailey commented, “Every dog gets his day twice, I guess.”It felt good to do it in front of the Cincinnati fans.”
Homer Bailey was the seventh overall pick of the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft — and he hasn’t disappointed. The right-hander is the first player to pitch two consecutive MLB no-hitters since Nolan Ryan in 1974 and 1975.
Bailey is also now the third Reds pitcher to get at least two no-hitters during his career. The previous two are Jim Maloney and Johnny Vender Meer. Cincinnati also now boasts 16 no-hitters in franchise history. No Reds pitcher has been able to throw a no-no at home since Tom Browning pitched a perfect game on September 16, 1988.
After first baseman Joey Votto caught the throw for the final out, Homer Bailey threw his arms up in victory, reminiscent of his posture last September. Teammates poured onto the field to celebrate the victory and their part in baseball history.Tuesday was also the 16th time the Giants were no-hit. And while last season was the year of the no-hitter, Bailey is the first to throw one during 2013. Before Tuesday, there were only two close calls.
Were you glad to see the Reds’ Homer Bailey pitch a no-hitter against the Giants?