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.


Another Bailey blanking – this one for the home team — 13 Comments

    • But Bush was the home town favorite!

      I see that San Diego tried briefly to make a pitcher out of Bush after four minor league seasons of .569 OPS (ouch). Tampa Bay continued the experiment, but even 14 SO/9 over 71 IP wasn’t enough enticement for Bush to ever make it to the big club for a look-see.

  1. 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.

    • Speaking of high game scores, today is the 50th anniversary of the Spahn-Marichal duel, the last time both starters went the distance, each with a game score of 92 or more (Spahn was 97, Marichal 112). Also the last time both starters pitched beyond the 15th inning.

      That start by Spahn is the longest in the searchable era for a pitcher after age 40. Since that game, the next longest outings by a 40 year-old were 30 years ago this season, both by Tommy John with 12 and 13 inning starts 6 weeks apart for the 1983 Angels. Nolan Ryan at age 43 in 1990 is the last 40 year-old to pitch beyond the 9th inning, with 10 shutout innings against the White Sox. Those Rangers are the only team since 1901 with two pitchers aged 42+ both having 30+ starts; the other was Charlie Hough who had no fewer than 4 starts of 10+ innings at age 40 in 1988.

    • 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.

      • 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 list indeed does list pre-1954 stats. Remarks anyone?

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