It’s one thing to be a professional pitcher in the MLB and make history by throwing a no hitter. As for Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds–let’s just say he’s lucky enough to reach the milestone twice within a year.
Bailey pitched his second no hitter for the Reds in a 10-months span after a 3-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday in which the pitcher only allowed one batter to reach base (Gregor Blanco on a walk in the top of the seventh inning) while striking out nine batters. For a pitcher that doesn’t even have a .500 record during the 2013 season, this milestone is beyond impressive for Bailey.
Even if the Giants don’t have one of the best offenses in baseball, Bailey deserves all of the credit in the world for reaching this type of milestone considering how rare it is for a pitcher to throw a no hitter or a perfect game. Bailey has proven to be dominant at times throughout his career, but consistency has always been an issue as he improved his record to 5-6 on the season.
Cincinnati currently had recently been in a funk lately on offense and despite having one of the best records in baseball–they still remain in third place in the NL Central behind the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals with a 48-36 record. Hopefully, this isn’t the last of dominant performance during the regular season for Bailey as he proved once again on Tuesday just how dangerous he can be when he’s on top of his game.