Another Bailey blanking – this one for the home team

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.

More after the jump.

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.

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The top 7 picks of the 2004 draft have pitched a combined 5 no-hitters, Verlander and Bailey 2 each and Phil Humber’s perfect game.

The Padres passed on all 3 pitchers to pick Matt Bush.

Jered Weaver was also drafted in 04 first round


Highest Games Scores for the Reds in searchable history:
96: Bailey’s no-no last year, and a Vander Meer one-hitter from 1941
95: Bailey’s no-no tonight, Jim Maloney’s from 1969 and a Maloney one-hitter from 1963.

John Autin

birtelcom, I think you applied a 9-inning maximum to the Reds game-score search. They have several higher in extra innings, including Maloney’s incredibly heartbreaking game on 6/14/65, 10 no-hit innings with 17 Ks, lost in the 11th on a solo HR.


Yes, thanks, I meant to say, “Highest Nine-Inning Game Scores….”


I have a question about putouts. Check out this page:

Almost all of the single-season and career putout records, except for catchers, are from baseball’s early days.

What has changed in baseball to cause this?

Bryan O'Connor

I think the answer is right there in your qualifier “except for fielders”. Strikeout rates have gone up basically every year of baseball’s existence. More K means fewer opportunities for the fielders.


I said “except for catchers” but maybe you’re right.

Richard Chester
To get a better feel for what’s going on I went to the BR Single Season Leaderboards for putouts. The numbers there are a little different from the Wikipedia leaders. The trend has been that there are fewer putouts for infielders in later years but more for catchers and outfielders. More strikeouts is a result of more swinging away by batters but that also results in more fly balls to the outfield, hence the increase in outfield putouts. Incidentally there is a notation in the BR leaderboard lists, for outfielders only, that reads “(s.1954)” which means since 1954 but the… Read more »