Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Cincinnati Reds' Homer Bailey no-hits Pittsburgh Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Homer Bailey had a certain milestone on his mind when he walked to the mound Friday. He wound up pulling off a bigger feat.

Bailey pitched the seventh no-hitter in the majors this season, leading the Reds to a 1-0 victory over the Pirates.

The right-hander began the night with 195 innings this season and was eager to reach 200 for the first time in his six-year career.

"I looked up at the scoreboard (after the fifth) to see if I had hit 200 and saw a couple of zeros," Bailey said. "That's when I knew I had a chance at a no-hitter. It's not something you think about doing."

The seven major-league no-hitters match the modern record for one season, tying 1990 and 1991. There were eight no-hitters in 1884.

"I don't think there is any reason why there have been so many," Bailey said. "There is a real fine line there in throwing a no-hitter. A bloop can fall in the outfield or an infielder can be in the wrong position and there goes your hit."

It was the 15th no-hitter in Reds history and first since Tom Browning's perfect game against the Dodgers on Sept. 16, 1988.

Bailey struck out 10 and walked one. He threw 115 pitches and retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out Brock Holt before getting Michael McKenry and Alex Presley to pop out. When second baseman Brandon Phillips caught Presley's popup, Bailey, 26, was mobbed near the mound.

Pittsburgh made its own bit of history as it was assured of a 20th consecutive nonwinning season, extending its major North American professional sports record.

Cincinnati Reds' Homer Bailey no-hits Pittsburgh Pirates 09/28/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 29, 2012 12:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Storm routs Cleveland

    Storm

    TAMPA — Alvin Ray Jackson intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, and recovered two fumbles as the Storm routed Cleveland 57-27 Saturday night in its home regular-season finale at Amalie Arena.

  2. Miscue sends Rays to another stinging loss to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays gave away DJ Kitty onesies Saturday night. Then they gave away the game.

    Rays centerfielder Mallex Smith misses a drive hit by Adrian Beltre with two outs in the sixth, allowing the tying runs to score. Beltre puts Texas ahead 4-3 when he scores after two wild pitches.
  3. Rowdies shut out Charleston

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rowdies know a thing or two about stalemates, with five of their past 10 games ending in a draw.

    Rowdies in the first half during the game between Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Charleston Battery at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, Jul 22, 2017.
  4. Rays journal: Former closer Sergio Romo acquired from Dodgers

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays made a move to help the bullpen Saturday night when they acquired RHP Sergio Romo, who had been designated for assignment last week by the Dodgers.

    Reliever Sergio Romo has 84 career saves, including 38 in 2013, but has struggled this season with the Dodgers, posting a 6.12 ERA in 25 innings before being designated for assignment.
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. backs wife's "not worth risk'' opinion on Daytona

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Saturday defended his wife's Twitter post — and blamed himself for putting her in a position where she believed she had to speak out and upset some of his fans.

    Amy Earnhardt worries about Dale Jr.’s concussions.