Homer Bailey no hits Giants, second of his career

The Cincinnati Reds defeated the San Francisco Giants 3-0 at Great American Ballpark, but the story of the night is Reds starter Homer Bailey.

Bailey threw a no-hitter for the second time of his career and the 16th in Reds franchise history. Bailey’s first no hitter came on September 28, 2012 against the Pittsburgh Pirates and that was the last no hitter in major league baseball until tonight, according to USA Today.

Bailey had a perfect game going until he walked Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco to lead off the seventh inning. Later in the inning, Reds first baseman Joey Votto fielded a ground ball and, with first base uncovered, threw to third base for a fielder’s choice of Blanco to keep the no-hit bid alive.

The last out of the game was a ground ball to third baseman Todd Fraizer off the bat of Gregor Blanco.

Bailey threw 109 pitches and 74 were thrown for strikes and struck out nine batters and improved his record to 5-6 this season, according to MLB.com.

The last pitcher to throw the most Major League Baseball’s consecutive no hitters was Nolan Ryan in the 1974 and 1975 season. Bailey is just the fourth active pitcher along with Roy Halladay, Justin Verlander and Mark Buehrle with two no-hitters.