Last night in Pittsburgh, Homer Bailey from the Cincinnati Reds pitched a no-hitter against National League rival the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bailey’s no-hitter is the seventh to be pitched in the 2012 regular season. The Reds were victorious 1-0. Cincinnati has already clinched the division title for the National League Central and will start their run in the playoffs next week.
The seven no-hitters this year in major league baseball tied a modern era (since 1900) record. In 1990 and 1991, seven no-hitters were also thrown in MLB. During the 1884 season, there were eight no-hitters tossed by MLB pitchers.
For Cincinnati, it was the franchise’s 15th no-hitter but the first since 1988. That year, Tom Browning pitched his perfect game versus Los Angeles.
Bailey’s season record now stands at 13-10. He fanned 10 Pirates’ batters in the game and walked just one. He threw 115 pitches in the game and retired the last three Pirates’ hitters in order during the ninth inning.
In six career starts in Pittsburgh, Bailey has a 5-0 record with a 1.40 earned run average. The Pirates, until last night, have not been no-hit since 1971. That year, Bob Gibson, the Hall of Fame pitcher from the St. Louis Cardinals threw a no-hitter against them.
Once the last out was recorded, the entire Cincinnati ball club raced onto the field to hug and congratulate their pitcher. Cincinnati increased its season record to 95-62 with the win, it was their second consecutive win and their seventh in their last 10 games.