Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Homer Bailey throws second no-hitter of career

Homer Bailey made history Tuesday night.

The right-hander tossed the first no-hitter of the 2013 major league season in Cincinnati's 3-0 victory against the Giants at Great American Ball Park.

Bailey stifled the San Francisco offense all evening long using a blazing fastball and tantalizing curveball. A seventh inning walk issued to Giants leadoff hitter Gregor Blanco proved to be his only miscue of the game. All in all, Bailey needed 109 pitches to twirl the masterpiece, striking out nine batters in the process.

"Going into the eighth and ninth I just said, `Why the hell not?' Here we go again," Bailey said.
Coincidentally, Bailey was also responsible for the last no-hitter in the majors leagues, as well. That fateful evening came last year on Sept. 28 in Pittsburgh. According to MLB Network, the last pitcher responsible for throwing MLB's last two no-hitters was Nolan Ryan on Sept. 28, 1974 and June 1, 1975.

The last Reds pitcher to twirl a no-hitter before Bailey's in 2012 was Tom Browning on Sept. 16, 1988. Browning's no-hitter was also a perfect game, though.

Only three Reds pitchers in history have thrown multiple no-hitters in their career. Bailey is now one of them after joining the likes of Johnny Vander Meer and Jim Maloney.

Additionally, only 26 pitchers entered play Tuesday with multiple no-hitters to their credit. Bailey, a native Texan, now makes 27 of them.

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