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Pittsburgh’s collapse gets an exclamation point with no-no

Sep 28, 2012, 10:08 PM EDT

Homer Bailey AP

The Pirates appeared to hit rock bottom on Wednesday, when they were shutout primarily by a pitcher they gave up on waivers to the Mets prior to the start of the season (Jeremy Hefner pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits, before rookie Jeurys Familia finished up). As it turned out, that was still just a warmup.

On Friday evening, the Pirates were no-hit by a guy named Homer. A guy who had one career shutout in 109 major league starts. And you’ll never guess who that had come against. In fact, both of Homer Bailey‘s complete games had come versus the Pirates. He’s now 8-2 with a 2.51 ERA in 12 starts against the Pirates and 30-31 with a 4.81 ERA in 98 starts against everyone else.

The loss was the Pirates’ 81st of the season, which guarantees they won’t snap their record skid with a winning season. They could still conceivably win five straight and finish at .500 for the first time in 20 years. But, let’s face it, that’s not happening. The Pirates are 6-20 in September after going 11-17 in August.

As for Bailey, he deserves plenty of credit. He fanned 10 and faced one batter over the minimum. His postseason rotation spot was still in doubt as of a couple of weeks ago, but he had moved well ahead of Mike Leake of late even before tonight’s showing. He’s taken advantage of a very weak schedule of late, but 13-10 with a 3.75 ERA in 204 innings is nothing to sneeze at. His no-hitter tonight was the Reds’ first since Tom Browning threw a perfect game in 1988. Incredibly, it was the first no-hitter versus the Pirates since the Cardinals’ Bob Gibson threw one in 1971.

  1. redguy12588 - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    I hate baseball. The Pittsburgh Pirates have made me hate baseball.

  2. dawgpoundmember - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    it really doesnt matter, even when they were good this year verlander had a no hitter though 8 1/3 and the hit he gave was pure luck by the hitter

  3. prosourcetalk - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    At least they gave out sweet shirts tonight!

    • dan1111 - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:57 AM

      Ahhh, Pirates souvenirs! Besides numerous free T-shirts, I have a nice collection of bobbleheads of Pirates “stars,” all of whom were traded away in short order.

      My personal favorite is the Oliver Perez and Mike Gonzalez “fire and ice” bobblehead.

      Too bad about the season, though. While I never really believed they were a playoff team, I was sure they would at least break .500.

  4. metalhead65 - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    good for Homer after all he has been thru since being the reds #1 pick a few years ago. he is the perfect example how not bring a pitcher thru the system. he was rushed thru and then called up before he was ready and treated like a yoyo when he got there. good start followed a couple of bad ones then sent to the minors only to be recalled after a couple of good games down there. this was repeated until he had no options left so he has had to learn as went along and it looks like he has finally figured it out.

  5. norcaldeportes - Sep 29, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    After all these years, congratulations to the Pirates & their fans on finishing overrr… wait, what?!… they’re 76-81?… no, that can’t be.

  6. hojo20 - Sep 29, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    The same Jeremy Hefner that couldn’t record an out in the start before he dominated the Pirates.

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