BAILEY THROWS NO NO
September 28, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Homer sweet home.
All three of Homer Bailey's complete games have come at PNC Park, but none had the ramifications of his gem on Friday night.
Bailey tossed the first Reds no-hitter in 24 years and sealed another non-winning season for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1-0 Cincinnati win.
Bailey equaled an MLB modern day record by throwing the seventh no-hitter this season. There were also seven no-hitters hurled in 1990 and 1991. Three of those no-hitters this year have been perfect games.
"I knew it was going on," Bailey said of the no-hitter. "A lot of it goes down to luck, but we were really fortunate tonight."
Alex Presley popped out to second baseman Brandon Phillips in short right- center field to end the game.
Once Phillips squeezed Presley's pop up, Bailey raised both arms in the air and shared a hug with catcher Ryan Hanigan before the rest of his teammates mobbed him near the pitcher's mound. Bronson Arroyo gave his teammate a celebratory shower of Gatorade.
"Catching the last out means a lot," Phillips said. "I'm just glad to be part of history."
This was the 15th no-hitter in Reds franchise history and first since Tom Browning's perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 16, 1988. Bailey is the first Reds right-hander to throw a no-hitter since Hall of Famer Tom Seaver June 16, 1978 against St. Louis.
The only blemishes preventing Bailey (13-10) from a perfect game was Scott Rolen's error at third base in the third, and Bailey's one-out, four-pitch walk to Andrew McCutchen in the seventh.
"The maturation of a pitcher," Reds interim manager Chris Speier said. "I'm just really really proud of him. He's done a great job against this team in this ballpark."
The 26-year-old Bailey improved to 5-0 with a 1.19 ERA in six career starts at PNC Park.
Bailey threw 74 of his 115 pitches for strikes. He struck out a career high-tying 10 for the Reds, who are tied with the Washington Nationals for the best record in the National League. The Nationals fell to the St. Louis Cardinals earlier on Friday.
"His progression's been unbelievable," Hanigan said. "He's a four-pitch pitcher and that's really rare."
Bailey's no-hitter notched the Pirates' 20th straight non-winning season.