The last time Homer Bailey faced the Giants, he threw seven innings of one-hit ball. That was in the playoffs this past October (a game the Giants ended up winning). Today he cleaned up that effort, no-hitting the Giants for his second no-hitter in 10 months.
In a post-game interview with Fox Sports Ohio, Bailey was asked if his at-bat the previous inning had anything to do with walking Gregor Blanco leading off the seventh — in which he lost his bid for a perfect game.
“Nah man, I just fucking walked him,” said Bailey, hilariously. “This game is pretty tough.”
CSN Bay Area TV analyst Mike Krukow said it was the most impressive no-hitter he’s seen, “and I’ve seen about ten of ’em.” The reason, said Krukow, is that Bailey threw about 80 percent fastballs, and the Giants knew they were coming.
But Bailey kept up his velocity — still throwing 97 mph heaters in the ninth — becoming the third Reds’ pitcher to throw multiple no-hitters.
Bailey’s previous no-hitter was on September 28, 2012.
Bailey was perfect until issuing a lead-off walk to San Francisco’s Gregor Blanco in the seventh inning. Later in the inning, Reds first baseman Joey Votto fielded a groundball and, with first base uncovered, threw to third base for a fielder’s choice of Blanco to keep the no-hit bid alive. Bailey followed up with a 1-2-3 eighth inning. Cincinnati leads San Francisco, 3-0, after a two-run home run by Brandon Phillips in the sixth.
The 27-year-old Bailey struck out nine and threw just 109 pitches in improving his record to 5-6.
He’s just the fourth active pitcher – along with Roy Halladay, Justin Verlander and Mark Buehrle – with two no-hitters.
“Every dog gets his day twice, I guess,” Bailey said in a postgame TV interview.
Re: Bailey's 2nd no-hitter. Jim Maloney actually had 3 for #Reds. Taken away circa 1990 because 10 no-hit IP w/17K, 2W isn't a "real" no-no
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) July 3, 2013
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