Wednesday, October 31, 2012

No. 2: Homer Bailey's no-hitter


Today marks day 11 of the Top 12 Games of the Reds Season series. The campaign may have ended abruptly, and in somber fashion, but there is still plenty to smile about when thinking about the past six months or so. We will be counting down the greatest contests from the year each day until we reach the number one spot.

But for now, here is No. 2 on the list:

September 28, 2012
Reds 1, Pirates 0

+ Homer Bailey throws the 15th no-hitter in franchise history and the first since Tom Browning's perfect game against the Dodgers on September 16, 1988. It marks the first time the Pirates have been held hitless since 1971. Only the Cubs had previously gone longer without being no-hit.

The former first-round pick dazzles the 34,796 fans in attendance at PNC Park to help give the Reds an old-fashioned 1-0 victory. The 26-year old also improves to 5-0 with a tidy 1.40 ERA in six career starts at Pittsburgh's home stadium.

"It's very special because Homer and I have been there every step of the way," Ryan Hanigan said. "It's great for Homer, it's great for the organization and it's just great for the team because it's another special moment in what has been a very special season."

Todd Frazier knocks in the game's only run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the first that scores Brandon Phillips. That would be all the offense needed in this one as Bailey and the Reds send the Buccos to their 81st defeat of the season, which ensures their 20th consecutive non-winning season, the longest streak of futility in North American professional sports history.

Zack Cozart, Scott Rolen and Phillips each tally a pair of hits in the winning cause.

For those wanting to check out prior games on the list:

No. 12 - Reds pound out 17 hits to complete sweep of Tribe
No. 11 - Valdez's walk-off bunt lifts Cincy over Detroit
No. 10 - Team retires No. 11 in honor of Barry Larkin
No. 9 - The 'Toddfather' blasts a walk-off homer
No. 8 - A barrage of homers produces GABP record
No. 7 - Reds fire on all cylinders in San Francisco
No. 6 - Bruce's big fly produces walk-off victory
No. 5 - Opening Day goes just as planned
No. 4 - Reds win first playoff game since 1995
No. 3 - Joey Votto has huge game on Mother's Day

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