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Homer Bailey throws a no-hitter against the Giants

Jul 2, 2013, 9:57 PM EDT

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TOP OF THE NINTH: Bailey made a nice play on a high-bouncing comebacker from the Giants’ No. 8 hitter, Brandon Crawford, to get the first out in the ninth and struck out pinch-hitter Tony Abreu with a 97 mph fastball for the second out. Gregor Blanco, who drew the walk in the seventh inning to break up the perfect game, then slapped an easy grounder to Reds third baseman Todd Frazier to complete Bailey’s no-no.

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TOP OF THE EIGHTH: Bailey got Hunter Pence to pop up on the infield and Brandon Belt to fly out to right, then Andres Torres lined out to center. The Reds are still up 3-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth.

Bailey, who threw a 115-pitch no-hitter last year against the Pirates, is at 96 pitches with three outs to go.

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History may be in the works tonight in Cincinnati.

Reds right-hander Homer Bailey has thrown a no-hitter through seven innings against the defending World Series-champion Giants. Bailey brought a perfect game into the top of the seventh but issued a leadoff walk to Gregor Blanco, who then advanced to second base on a Marco Scutaro groundout. Buster Posey nearly broke up the no-no one batter later when he blooped a ball between second and first base but the Reds’ Joey Votto made a heads-up play and threw to third, catching Blanco off guard on a fielder’s choice. We’ll be tracking this the rest of the way. Cincy is leading San Francisco by a score of 3-0 in the bottom of the seventh.

  1. tigersfandan - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Bailey no-hit the Pirates last year.

    • contraryguy - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      Yep, September 28th. No one has pitched a no-no since. And the last guy to ‘string’ two together was Nolan Ryan in 74-75. 8 innings down, c’mon Homer.

  2. rap49er - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Giants look like death warmed over! What the heck happened to the World Champb?

  3. therealbigben - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    I think he looks a little like Christian Bale… more from the Machinist than Batman tho

  4. tigersfandan - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    His name is David Dewitt Bailey Jr. Can’t imagine why he doesn’t by that.

    • junglerat524 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      He’s been called Homer since he was a kid. He was given that nickname as a tribute to his great grandfather.

  5. sdelmonte - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Ninth inning is being streamed for free on MLB.com. Sweet.

  6. contraryguy - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    And he’s done it! No-no No. 2.

    • eric3287 - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      Ha ha, I’m not sure if you live in Cincinnati, but that was the headline of the front page of the Enquirer today; “No No No. 2″.

  7. chill1184 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Congrats to Homer Bailey for his most recent No-Hitter!

  8. oruacat2 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Congratulations, Homer! Well done.

  9. tigersfandan - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    I always get nervous when someone takes a no-hitter into the 9th. I’m not a big Reds fan, but I’m glad Homer got it.

  10. totallysirius - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Great job Homer

    Still throwing 97 MPH fastballs in the ninth.

    Ironman performance.

  11. georgewashingtonsghost - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    D’oh!

  12. goawaydog - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Ouch, this roadtrip is reaching rock bottom ( i didnt say has reached as there are 2 more games before they head home so it could get worse still). Zito and his 11+ ERA on the road gets to play the role of stopper tomorrow. Whats below rock bottom?

    • chill1184 - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      Well it depends are we talking about the earths crust rock bottom or a few miles down?

  13. hdanger10 - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    What did he say during the interview? Heard the announcers apologize but missed the comment.

    • contraryguy - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      Something like “I f— walked a guy.”

      • jm91rs - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:12 PM

        Yeah, “I just fucking walked the guy, this is a hard game”.

        The Announcers should have ignored it, their apologies were awkward

    • totallysirius - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      He dropped the F-bomb in the emotion of the moment.

      He’ll probably get a fine but it was not derogatory or malicious.

      • indaburg - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:13 AM

        I hope he does not get fined. That was appropriate usage of the F-bomb. I would have said the same thing.

  14. sportsfan69 - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Awesome job Homer Bailey. Hopefully the Reds can make a push for the playoffs now. Go Reds!

  15. minimoose763 - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Giants fan here. Tip of the cap to you, Bailey. Congratulations on your 2nd no-hitter.

  16. go49ers - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    It always neat to hear someone get a no-no! Great job Homer!

    For the Giants, they simply cannot hit let alone pitch. I’m a Giants fan and it’s upsetting to hear my home team always behind the count whether they’re pitching or hitting. SMH…

  17. tfbuckfutter - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Pitch a no-hitter every time you pitch. It won’t matter. You’ll still only be the second most famous Homer ever.

    Homer Hickam will be pissed at you for taking his spot though.

    • tigersfandan - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      Is Hawk Harrelson the most famous homer?

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:59 PM

        He’s right behind that Greek guy who wrote that incest porn.

  18. nbjays - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Nice job by Homer Bailey. He was also the last pitcher to hurl a no-no, last September.

    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 in 1908 and 1910.
    - And of course 75 years ago, Johnny Vander Meer pitched no hitters in consecutive starts (June 11 and 15, 1938)

    Pretty exclusive club there, Homer.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      Forgot Warren Spahn. 1960 and 1961.

    • indaburg - Jul 3, 2013 at 7:12 AM

      Nice going, Homer.

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