MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - INSIDE PITCH
Homer Bailey joined some pretty elite company Tuesday night when he threw his second no-hitter to beat the San Francisco Giants 3-0.
Bailey's other no-hitter came on Sept. 28 last season at Pittsburgh. It was the most recent no-hitter in Major League Baseball. Nolan Ryan was the last pitcher to throw consecutive no-hitters, in 1974-75.
That's big deal to a Texan such as Bailey.
"Obviously, being from Texas and the legend he is," Bailey said. "There are other guys who have done it. ... To do it once is extremely special. Two do it twice, I really don't have the words."
Bailey walked one and struck out nine. He needed just 109 pitches to complete the 16th no-hitter in Reds history.
The happiest man afterward may have been manager Dusty Baker, who missed Bailey's no-hitter last year while recovering from a mini-stroke.
"I can't stop smiling," Baker said. "He was dealing. He had a dynamite fastball. He was never in trouble. Dang, what a game! I'm so glad for Homer. He's worked so hard to get to this point."
Bailey relied heavily on his fastball. He was consistently throwing 97 mph until the end.
"I kind of said to myself before the eighth: I've already done this. I know what to expect," he said. "It's a little different being in Cincinnati. It's one pitch at a time. At the end I just looked at the glove and threw it as hard as I could."
Bailey and Joey Votto had discussed a no-hitter this spring.
"Joey said: 'Do you think you can throw another no-hitter?' I said: 'Do think you can win another MVP?' He said yes, so I said yes. I meant it joking. I didn't think it was going to happen. I guess I got lucky again."
It was not luck.
"He was throwing 97 the whole game," Brandon Phillips said. "I was like, 'Wow, Homer let his inner Batman out.' It was amazing the way he pitched. God Bless him. You don't see that much, a guy throwing no-hitters in back-to-back years."
MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won two
PAST 10 GAMES: 4-6
NEXT: Giants (Barry Zito, 4-6, 4.53) at Reds (Tony Cingrani, 3-0, 3.42)
--RF Jay Bruce, regarded as a streaky hitter, recently has enjoyed an extended period of success at the plate. He's on pace to produce 48 doubles, 35 homers and 109 RBI. Only 17 players have achieved 50 doubles, 35 homers and 100 RBI in a season. The 26-year-old Bruce has 152 homers and 432 RBI.
--RHP Homer Bailey threw his second no-hitter on Tuesday night, striking out nine and walking one in a 3-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Bailey retired the first 18 batters he faced before walking Gregor Blanco to begin the seventh. There were few hard-hit balls against Bailey, who still was reaching 94-95 mph in the ninth inning. Bailey also no-hit the Pirates on Sept. 28 at PNC Park.
--LF Ryan Ludwick, who hasn't played since injuring his shoulder on Opening Day, has begun baseball activities, including throwing and hitting off a tee. Although he's not projected to come off the disabled list until August at the earliest, Ludwick has been encouraged by his progress. His absence has left the Reds scrambling for options in left field.
--2B Brandon Phillips homered at Great American Ball Park for the first time since May 24. But it was an important one. Phillips' two-run homer in the sixth provided a three-run lead for Homer Bailey, who went on to pitch a no-hitter against the Giants. Phillips had gone 15 games without a home run. He has hit in six straight games.
--LHP Tony Cingrani is, for the second time this season, filling the spot in the rotation left by Johnny Cueto, who's on the DL for the third time. In seven starts this season, Cingrani is 3-0 with a 3.42 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings. He briefly was moved to the bullpen but kept on the big-league club as insurance in case Cueto reinjured his shoulder, which he did.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I kind of said to myself before the eighth: I've already done this. I know what to expect. It's a little different being in Cincinnati. It's one pitch at a time. At the end I just looked at the glove and threw it as hard as I could." -- RHP Homer Bailey, on his second no-hitter, Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants.
MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Johnny Cueto (right lat muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list June 29, his third stint on the DL this season. "He had a diagnostic ultrasound to determine what went wrong," trainer Paul Lessard said. "It's probably going to be an issue the rest of the season. We'll have to take some more time now. We'll do scans to see it's healing before we start a throwing program."
--RHP Jonathan Broxton (flexor mass strain in right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 14. He still hadn't thrown as of June 30. "We talked about (throwing) this weekend," trainer Paul Lessard said. "But he still was tender doing muscle activity. So I didn't want to push it until he was comfortable doing all the exercises. The soreness is less and less and less. If he a little soreness in there, I don't want to (aggravate) it by throwing."
--LHP Sean Marshall (sprained left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 21. Marshall was on the DL due to left shoulder tendinitis April 10-26. On June 29, he threw his first bullpen session since going on the disabled list. He was fine June 30.
--RHP Nick Masset (right shoulder surgery in September 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 21.
--LF Ryan Ludwick (torn labrum in right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 1, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 15. Ludwick had surgery April 3. He took batting practice off the tee July 1-2. He hopes to begin regular BP in 10 days to two weeks.
RHP Mat Latos
RHP Bronson Arroyo
RHP Homer Bailey
LHP Tony Cingrani
RHP Mike Leake
LHP Aroldis Chapman (closer)
LHP Manny Parra
RHP Sam LeCure
RHP J.J. Hoover
RHP Alfredo Simon
RHP Curtis Partch
RHP Logan Ondrusek
1B Joey Votto
2B Brandon Phillips
SS Zack Cozart
3B Todd Frazier
INF Jack Hannahan
INF Cesar Izturis
LF Derrick Robinson
CF Shin-Soo Choo
RF Jay Bruce
OF Xavier Paul
OF Chris Heisey