Cincinnati Reds pitcher throws first no-hitter of 2013
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey throws first no-hitter of 2013
Cincinnati Reds (48-36) pitcher Homer Bailey threw the first no-hitter of 2013 on Tuesday night as his team beat the San Francisco Giants (39-44) 3-0 at the Great American Ball Park.
Bailey threw the last MLB no-hitter ten months ago, and became only the third Reds pitcher ever with more than one - joining Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer on the illustrious honours list.
His superb performance against the Giants comes just 17 stars and ten months after he shut-out the Pittsburgh Pirates, a game the Reds won 1-0 in September 2012.
On Tuesday Bailey threw 102 pitches, including one walk and nine strikeouts, against the defending World Series champions.
"It's something I've already done, so I knew what to expect," Bailey told ESPN after the game.
His idol, fellow Texan Nolan Ryan, was the last pitcher to throw back-to-back no-hitters before anyone else in Major League Baseball had managed one. But Bailey has some way to go to match Ryan's record seven no-hitters.
"Obviously being from Texas and what a legend he is," Bailey continued. "To do it once is extra special. To do it twice - I don't really have the words for it right now."
Bailey wears number 34 in homage to Ryan, and his manager Dusty Baker thinks his pitcher can make further inroads towards the record.
"He comes from the state of Texas that has produced a lot of no-hitters," said Baker. "It means a lot - and he's still got some time left."
Bailey's record improves to 5-6 with the win, and as far as no-hitters go it was a fairly uneventful affair. It was the 16th in Cincinnati history.