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Homer Bailey throws a no-hitter against the Pirates

Sep 28, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

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UPDATE: He did it! Homer Bailey has done it. He threw a no-hitter tonight against the Pirates as part of a 1-0 win.

Bailey struck out pinch-hitter Brock Holt swinging to begin the ninth before getting pinch-hitter Michael McKenry to pop out to left field for the second out. He then Alex Presley to pop out to Brandon Phillips in shallow center field to finish off the no-hitter.

Bailey is the first Reds pitcher with a no-hitter since Tom Browning threw a perfect game against the Dodgers on September 16, 1988. This is the seventh no-hitter in MLB this season, joining Felix Hernandez (perfect game), Matt Cain (perfect game), the six-pitcher no-hitter by the Mariners, Johan Santana, Jered Weaver and Philip Humber (perfect game). There haven’t been seven no-hitters in a season since 1991.

Bailey tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts and needed 115 pitches to get it done. This no-hitter won’t be without some controversy, as the play with Scott Rolen in the third inning could have easily been ruled a hit instead of an error. Still, the Pirates had the rest of the game to get a hit and couldn’t do it. Can’t lose sleep over that. Congrats to Bailey on his first career no-no.

By the way, this was the Pirates’ 81st loss of the season, ensuring their 20th straight season without a winning record. I’m sorry, Pirates fans.

9:18 PM: Bailey has now held the Pirates hitless through eight.

Travis Snider pinch-hit for Jose Tabata to lead off the eighth inning and flew out to left field. Pedro Alvarez then hit a liner right at Scott Rolen for the second out. Jeff Clement then pinch-hit for Clint Barmes and struck out swinging.

Bailey has nine strikeouts on the night and has thrown only 99 pitches, so he plenty of bullets left. The Pirates have Rod Barajas, the pitcher spot and Alex Presley due up in the bottom of the ninth.

By the way, the Pirates have not been no-hit since Bob Gibson did it on August 14, 1971.

9:02 PM: The Pirates’ second-half collapse has been pretty depressing to watch, but they could be reaching new depths tonight against the Reds.

Homer Bailey has held the Pirates hitless through seven innings. The Reds currently lead it 1-0 thanks to a first-inning sacrifice fly by Todd Frazier.

Bailey has only allowed two baserunners all night, one on a fielding error by Scott Rolen in the third inning and the other via a walk to Andrew McCutchen in the seventh. McCutchen stole second base, but was then thrown out trying to steal third. Bailey has eight strikeouts and has thrown 57 out of 89 pitches for strikes.

The Pirates will send Jose Tabata, Pedro Alvarez and Clint Barmes to the plate in the bottom of the eighth. Stay tuned to see if Bailey can make a little history.

  1. prosourcetalk - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    I’m at the game. It’s definitely going to happen. Pinch hitting Clement for
    Barmes sealed it.

  2. randygnyc - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Two hard hit balls in the 8th. Reds had them both played perfectly.

  3. Reflex - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Watching internet play by play. He’s on my fantasy team, be nice to see him pull it off.

  4. randygnyc - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    1 out

  5. natsattack - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Unrelated, but worthy of a post.

  6. randygnyc - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    2 outs

  7. randygnyc - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Fantastic!!! No hitter. Congrats Homer.

  8. Reflex - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:36 PM


  9. dawgpoundmember - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Just watched the last two outs and all I could think was “god dammit Gus! Just hold it over the plate, I’m just throwing straight shit!”

  10. hardballtalkusername - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    What a year for pitchers. Nicely done Homer

  11. chill1184 - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Congrats to Bailey!

  12. El Bravo - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Was Dusty managing?

  13. baseballisboring - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Curse of the Bonds-ino?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      Barry has been gone since the early ’90s and this is the first time they have been no-hit in 41 years, so it sure isn’t much of a curse.

  14. paul621 - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    I got to this article from a link on the main page called “Did Rolen really make an error in Bailey’s no-no?” I have no idea what that has to do with this article. A passing reference to an error that made no difference because there was also a walk involved? Very weird. Oh, and nice job, Bailey.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM

      Actually, it makes a ton of difference, as the other possible scoring choice was calling it a base hit, which would have something of an impact on it being a no-hitter.

  15. nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    History moment: Say what you will about the Pirates and their lack of success in recent years, but at least they haven’t been no-hit very often, and when they have, it has sometimes been by quite a worthy opponent, including two Hall of Fame hurlers, or otherwise noteworthy. Unless I missed any, these are the only no-no’s against the Pirates:
    1892 Charles “Bumpus” Jones, Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh, NL, Oct. 15, 7-1 (rookie, first ML appearance).
    1898 Ted Breitenstein, Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh, NL, April 22, 11-0 (his 2nd ML no-hitter).
    1916 Tom Hughes, Boston vs Pittsburgh, NL, June 16, 2-0 (on my birthday, which makes it worth celebrating).
    1929 Carl Hubbell, New York vs Pittsburgh, NL, May 8, 11-0.
    1955 Sam “Toothpick” Jones, Chicago vs Pittsburgh, NL, May 12, 4-0 (first black pitcher to hurl a ML no-hitter; walked first 3 men in 9th, then struck out next 3; in his first full ML season).
    1971 Bob Gibson, St. Louis at Pittsburgh, NL, Aug. 14, 11-0.
    2012 Homer Bailey, Cincinatti at Pittsburgh, NL, Sept. 28, 1-0 (arguably the unlikeliest name to get on the no-hitter list).

  16. cowboysoldiertx - Sep 29, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    And the Pirates season spirales farther out of control!

  17. footballchic777 - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    It is amazing that every other time there has been a no-no, or the possibility of one this year, I have started getting ESPN updates atleast once an inning, from the 6th inning on. Last night, as I am watching the game, and YES, I AM A REDS FAN, as I was waiting on my phone to start pinging away with updates….NONE CAME! I DID NOT HAVE EVEN 1 UPDATE THAT BAILEY HAD A NO-NO GOING! My first update that he had done it was after I got the final score update! Reds have been awesome this year, carrying the best record…or tied for the best record in the majors, for much of the second half of the season, without Votto; Cueto will be going for his 20th win against the Cards; Bailey has the no-no, and more…..and they still can’t get any love! WE LOVE YOU REDS AND YO DESERVE THE CREDIT ROR A GREAT YEAR, AND A GREAT JOB PITCHING BAILEY!

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