Homer Bailey recorded the first no-hitter of the 2013 season tonight, dispatching the Giants on 109 pitches, 74 for strikes. Bailey allowed just a single batter to reach base, on a walk to Gregor Blanco leading off the 7th inning. Joey Votto provided the only offense the Reds would need with a first inning sac fly, with Brandon Phillips adding insurance tallies with a 2-run HR in the 6th inning.
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It was Bailey’s second career no-no, after recording the 7th and last no-hitter of 2012. Bailey becomes the first player to have a repeat no-hit performance (i.e no other no-hitters recorded between a pitcher’s two no-hit games) since Nolan Ryan‘s pair on Sep 28, 1974 and June 1, 1975. Ryan also repeated on May 15, 1973 and July 15, 1973. In addition to Johnny Vander Meer‘s no-hitters in consecutive starts in 1938, others with repeat 9-inning no-hitters are Warren Spahn (Sep 16, 1960, Apr 28, 1961), Allie Reynolds (Jul 12, 1951, Sep 28, 1951), and Addie Joss (Oct 2, 1908, Apr 20, 1910) .
Tonight was the 16th no-hit game by a Reds pitcher, the 13th in the searchable era. Bailey joins Vander Meer and Jim Maloney as the Reds become the first franchise to have 3 pitchers with multiple no-hit games.
The Giants were no-hit for just the fourth time in the searchable era, and for the first time since being blanked by Terry Mulholland of the Phillies in 1990. Tonight was the second no-hitter with umpire Adrian Jackson behind the plate; Jackson had previously called Edwin Jackson‘s no-hitter in 2010.