Homer Bailey etched his name into Reds history this evening firing the first no-hitter for the Reds franchise since Tom Browning threw his perfect game back in 1988.
The native of LaGrange, Texas tossed his no-hitter and led the Reds to a 1-0 victory over the free-falling Pittsburgh Pirates. It came with little suspense. There were only two Pirates runners that would reach base: Clint Barmes in the third off a Scott Rolen error and Andrew McCutchen reached with a walk in the seventh. McCutchen was later erased attempting to steal third by a laser from Ryan Hanigan.
More on that in a bit.
I suppose that is what makes this so special. Not so much that the Reds now have 95 wins, but if there is a pitcher on this staff that truly deserves this type of outing, it would be Bailey.
Bailey has taken his share of lumps over the years. Yes, this has been a place for such, too. Thoughts (as we heard mentioned this evening) that Bailey was brought up too soon and he wasn’t ready for MLB hitting. Thoughts that he was too stubborn and not mentally tough enough. Tonight, even if for just tonight, those were dispelled. Bailey has shown signs of greatness, especially at PNC Park, and his next outing will frustrate the entire fanbase. Maybe this is what he needs to not only kick start him into the playoffs, but for the rest of his career.
As the news of the feat spread, I was actually dumbfounded that a pic from the occasion landed on ESPN.com’s site.
One facet that cannot be lost in the euphoria of Bailey’s no-no is Ryan Hanigan. I believe Matt summed it up best when he said this about Hanigan in his post from the other day…
Hanigan seems like a quiet, unassuming guy. On the rare occasion that he is interviewed after the game, he usually deflects all of the credit for his success, and instead praises his pitcher. But the fact of the matter is, Ryan Hanigan is a heck of a player himself, one of the best in the game defensively, and the Cincinnati Reds would be a lot worse without him.
There was plenty of praise tonight. All well deserved.