Alex Presley, at 9:35 p.m., on Friday night, harmlessly popped Pittsburgh's last out high into shallow center. It landed in the glove of Reds' second baseman Brandon Phillips to preserve a no-hitter for Homer Bailey.
Bailey is the first Cincinnati Reds pitcher to toss a no-hitter since 1988 when Tom Browning threw a perfect game, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers by a score of 1-0. Coincidentally, Friday's ballgame was also a 1-0 affair.
The Pirates were flailing—and missing—at Bailey's high heat all night long. Rarely did he shake off Reds' catcher Ryan Hanigan. Bailey ended up striking out 10 on 115 pitches, 74 of which were strikes.
Clint Barmes led off the Bucs' third with a hard-hit grounder that handcuffed third baseman Scott Rolen. With one out in the bottom of the second, Bailey unintentionally, intentionally walked Andrew McCutchen. The Pirates' MVP candidate stole second base and then was nabbed trying to take third.
That was it. The only two baserunners of the night for the Pirates.
Phillips singled in the top of the first, moved to second on an A.J. Burnett wild pitch and then on to third on Zack Cozart's single to left center. After a Joey Votto walk, Phillips came home on a Todd Frazier sacrifice fly to score what would be the game's only run.
Bailey, however, was the headline. Pitching against the team against which he has had the most success in his five-year career, the LaGrange, Texas, native was Mach 3 sharp on Friday night as he pitched the modern-day, season record, seventh no-hitter of 2012.
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