Bailey Hurls First No-Hitter in Majors this Season

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Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds has stepped on the Ryan Express. The Texan hard throwing Cincinnati Red pitcher wears the same number of his childhood hero Nolan Ryan.


Hall of Famer Ryan is also a Texan and holds the major league record for no-hitters with seven. On Tuesday night, Bailey moved one no-hitter closer to catching Ryan when he tossed the majors’ first no-hitter of the season against the San Francisco Giants.

His 3-0 victory over the Giants was his second no-hitter in a 10-month period dating back to September of last year.

Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said his pitcher threw a very good game and that he himself had made the last out in the fifth no-hitter than Nolan Ryan had thrown.

Last season the majors had seven no-hitters and by July 2, five had already been hurled. The last one of last season was on September 28 and was pitched by Bailey, making him the last pitcher to throw back-to-back no-hitters since Ryan.

The Giants are suffering from a big hitting slump having scored three runs or more in just 3 of their past 12 games overall.

Only once in the game did it look like Bailey might lose his no-hitter. In the seventh inning, Gregor Blanco led off for the Giants with a walk. He moved to second on an infield out.

Buster Posey then hit a slow roller to Joey Votto at first base. The Reds’ first baseman was pulled off the bag and would have had a tight race to beat Posey to the bag and Bailey had left the mound late to cover first base.

Nevertheless, Votto reacted quickly by throwing to third base to get Blanco out turning the play from a possible infield hit into just a meaningless fielder’s choice.

Following that, Bailey recorded the last out of the seventh and followed that with six outs between the eighth and ninth innings to record the no-hitter.


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