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Homer Bailey becomes the 28th pitcher in major league history to throw multiple no-hitters

Jul 2, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

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The two most recent no-hit performances in Major League Baseball belong to Cincy’s Homer Bailey.

Bailey’s first, last September 28 at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, required 115 pitches and played out in front of a small opposing crowd of yellow and black. The scene on Tuesday night was a little more special.

Bailey needed only 109 pitches to shut down the defending World Series-champion Giants in front of an intense and attentive but clearly nervous group of 27,000-plus fans at Great American Ball Park. He benefited from some nice defensive plays — one especially from Joey Votto — but yielded only a seventh-inning walk to Gregor Blanco and racked up nine strikeouts.

The last pitcher to own the two most recent no-hitters in the majors was Nolan Ryan (in 1974-1975).

Only 28 pitchers in history have thrown multiple no-hitters and just five (Cy Young, Sandy Koufax, Bob Feller, Larry Corcoran and Ryan) have thrown three or more. At 27 years old, Bailey has a shot to join that club.

The former No. 7 overall pick owns a 3.57 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 111/26 K/BB ratio through 111 innings this season for third-place Reds. He is scheduled to face the light-hitting Mariners at home next time out.

  1. nbjays - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    “He is scheduled to face the light-hitting Mariners at home next time out.”

    Here’s his chance to match Johnny Vander Meer.

    Bailey’s two in a row is only the 6th time it has happened, and he joins only 4 other pitchers in performing the feat:

    – Nolan Ryan did it in 1973 and again in ’74-’75.
    – Allie Reynolds did it in 1951.
    – Addie Joss did it back in 1908 and 1910.
    – And of course 75 years ago, the aforementioned Johnny Vander Meer pitched no hitters in consecutive starts (June 11 and 15, 1938)

    Pretty exclusive club there, Homer. Well done!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:17 AM

      I do believe Warren Spahn should be on your list as well. 9/16/60 over the Phils and 4/28/61 over the Giants, and no one pitched one between those two.

      • nbjays - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:18 AM

        Right you are, NTID123… somehow I overlooked Spahnie. Good catch.

  2. tigersfandan - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Here is the possibly incomplete list from SB Nation:

    Nolan Ryan (7)
    Sandy Koufax (4)
    Bob Feller (3)
    Larry Corcoran (3)
    Cy Young (3)
    Jim Bunning
    Steve Busby
    Mark Buehrle
    Carl Erskine
    Allie Reynolds
    Warren Spahn
    Bill Stoneman
    Bob Forsch
    Pud Galvin
    Ken Holtzman
    Randy Johnson
    Addie Joss
    Dutch Leonard
    Jim Maloney
    Christy Mathewson
    Hideo Nomo
    Virgil Trucks
    Johnny Vander Meer
    Don Wilson
    Roy Halladay
    Homer Bailey

    • ezthinking - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      Yeah, not complete. For sure it’s missing some perfecto guys. Larsen, Humber, Braden, D. Martinez at least.

      • jlovenotjlo - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:04 AM

        That’s a list of guys who’ve done it twice

  3. modellforprez - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Now watch how fast they surpass the Schmucco’s.

  4. beefytrout - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Light hitting Mariners my ass!!

    -Disgruntled Rangers fan

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      I’d say ranking 27th out of 30 teams constitutes light hitting.

      The Mariners team batting average is only .237

      • beefytrout - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        -> BeefyTrout’s joke

        sportsfan18’s head

  5. 13arod - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Homer didn’t surprise me be throwing this no hitter he will throw a couple more before he retires

  6. oruacat2 - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    When Bailey has struggled over the years, it’s always been a mental thing. He could be cruising along, dominating an opponent, throw one bad pitch – then he’d be so aggravated with himself he’d psyche himself right out of the game. It’s never been faulty mechanics or lack of effort or not having “good stuff” – he’s 27 years old now and that maturity is finally starting to manifest itself on the mound. We’ve been hearing his name for so long that people tend to forget he’s still young, for a pitcher.

  7. dirtydrew - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    The giants bats are embarrassing.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:33 AM


      The Giants are 3rd in the National league in team batting average.

      The Giants have the 2nd fewest strikeouts as batters in the entire Major Leagues… They have the fewest strikeouts as an offense in the entire National League.

      Also, Buster Posey’s bat isn’t embarrassing…

      He’s 6th in the league in batting average.

      He’s 5th in the league in OPS.

      He’s 7th in the league in slugging.

      He’s tied for 4th in OBP.

  8. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    And he’s the 10th pitcher to no-hit the defending World Series champions, joining:
    1917… George Mogridge, New York at Boston, AL, April 24, 2-1.

    1941… Lon Warneke, St. Louis at Cincinnati, NL, Aug. 30, 2-0.

    1952… Virgil Trucks, Detroit at New York, AL, Aug. 25, 1-0.

    1956… * Don Larsen, N.Y. Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers, WS, Oct. 8, 2-0.

    1968… Gaylord Perry, San Francisco vs St. Louis, NL, Sept. 17, 1-0.

    1973… Jim Bibby, Texas at Oakland, AL, July 30, 6-0 (Rookie).

    1974… Dick Bosman, Cleveland vs Oakland, AL, July 19, 4-0.

    1990… Nolan Ryan, Texas at Oakland, AL, June 11, 5-0.

    2012… Johan Santana, N.Y. Mets vs St. Louis, NL, June 1, 8-0.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      And he’s 9th pitcher to actually no hit the team :)

  9. jonrox - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Too bad he f***in’ walked that guy

  10. mustbechris - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    Mr. Halladay threw a perfect game against the Marlins and then a no-no against the Reds in the same season…but the no-no was in the playoffs </3

    • chadjones27 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Yeah, I saw that as well, when Craig said Nolan was the most recent one to throw at least 2 no hitters. And playoffs have to count or else you can’t count Larsen’s perfect game (which happened in a WS, I believe).

  11. bkgutt31 - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    You can’t watch this and not chuckle. You may actually pee your pants laughing.

    Homer Bailey is all fired up, drops the F-Bomb on national TV (hey, he earned the right), the censors miss the bleep, awkwardness ensues, Reds win, no hitter, f bomb city. What a night! Check it out…

  12. contraryguy - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    And a belated congrats to Ryan Hanigan, who caught both of Bailey’s no-hitters. The Reds have really missed Hanny while he’s been out this year.

  13. gloccamorra - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    The 28 club? …so this means he’s a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame, right?

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