Homer Bailey threw his second career no-hitter Tuesday night in the Cincinnati Reds’ 3-0 win over the San Francisco Giants. It’s the first no-hitter in the 2013 Major League Baseball season. Bailey was throwing 97-mph heat in the ninth inning and got Gregor Blanco to ground out to third for the final out.
Blanco broke up the perfect game with a walk in the seventh inning.
It looked like there was a chance for some drama heading into the eighth with Bailey already having clocked 89 pitches. Then he mowed through Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt and Andres Torres in seven pitches. Granted, his manager is Dusty Baker so the usual 100-pitch threshold for starting pitchers probably didn’t mean very much at the Great American Ballpark Tuesday night.
Bailey threw the most recent no-hitter prior to Tuesday night, when he blanked the Pirates 1-0 on Sept. 28, 2012. Bailey joins an elite fraternity of players with multiple no-hitters. He also joins former Reds Johnny Vander Meer and Jim Maloney with multiple no-hitter’s in the franchise’s history. Vander Meer is the only man to throw no-hitters in back-to-back starts.
The last non-Bailey no-no was Felix Hernandez’ perfect game for the Mariners on Aug. 15, 2012.