A no-no for Homer
Wed, 03 Jul 2013 10:32:07 GMT —
Major League Baseball's last two no-hitters have been authored by the same right-handed hurler.
Homer Bailey has fired his second career no-hitter in leading Cincinnati to a 3-0 shutout of San Francisco. Bailey flirted with a perfect game until Gregor Blanco walked leading off the top of the seventh. That was the lone baserunner allowed by Bailey, who entered the game 4-6 with a 3.88 ERA and was winless in his previous three starts. His previous no-hitter came in Pittsburgh last September 28.
Blanco also made the game's final out by tapping a grounder to third baseman Todd Frazier.
Bailey struck out nine and needed 109 pitches to complete the masterpiece, allowing him to join Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer as the only Reds to toss two no-hitters.
Joey Votto hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning to put the Reds ahead to stay. He also scored on Brandon Phillips' two-run homer in the sixth.
It's the first no-hitter thrown against the Giants since Kevin Millwood in April 2003. It's also the first no-hitter thrown at Great American Ballpark.