Twitter Reacts to Homer Bailey's No-Hitter vs. San Francisco Giants
ESPN's Buster Olney captured the moment:
Gregor Blanco makes the last out -- and Homer Bailey gets the 280th no-hitter in MLB history, and Bailey's second!— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 3, 2013
The Associated Press' Joe Kay, meanwhile, noted that Bailey now joins some prestigious Cincinnati Reds history:
2 #Reds pitchers have thrown more than 1 no-hitter _ Vander Meer back-to-back in 1938, Maloney in 1965, 1969.— Joe Kay (@apjoekay) July 3, 2013
Of course, MLB's official Twitter account and ESPN Stats & Info have a couple of more stats that now put him into an even more elite group:
EXCLUSIVE COMPANY: Homer Bailey is fourth active pitcher with multiple no-hitters, joining Roy Halladay, Mark Buehrle and @JustinVerlander.— MLB (@MLB) July 3, 2013
Homer Bailey has thrown MLB's last 2 no-hitters. Last time pitcher was responsible for MLB's last 2 no-hitters came in 1974-75 (Nolan Ryan).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 3, 2013
The 27-year-old righty, who held the Pittsburgh Pirates hitless on Sept. 28 of last season, twirled an absolute gem. He struck out nine and allowed just one baserunner on a walk in the seventh inning to do what no one else has been able to accomplish in 2013, per ESPN Stats & Info:
Homer Bailey throws first no-hitter of 2013 MLB season— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 3, 2013
2 pitchers have lost no-hit bids in 9th inning this season (Yu Darvish, Anibal Sanchez)...Homer Bailey going for season's 1st no-hitter— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 3, 2013
At this point last season, there were already an astounding five no-hitters.
Bailey was dominant from start to finish and, likely fueled by the adrenaline, was throwing heat all the way into the ninth inning, per Olney:
Homer Bailey now just one out away from his second no-hitter... Last fastball at 97 mph.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 3, 2013
Moreover, it was a performance that mirrored last year's gem in an almost eerie fashion, according to MLB's Twitter:
Magic number? Homer Bailey threw 74 strikes in both of his no-hitters.— MLB (@MLB) July 3, 2013
Of course, it wasn't all smooth sailing.
After Blanco advanced to second base following his walk in the second inning, Buster Posey grounded to first. As FOX Sports' Brian Snow points out, Bailey wasn't going to cover first in time:
For the record, no way Bailey was beating Posey to the bag, still a little creative score keeping and it could have been an FC regardless— Brian Snow (@BSnowScout) July 3, 2013
No worries, though, as Votto intelligently fired the ball to third and got Blanco to force a fielder's choice, thus becoming Bailey's new best friend for the night:
Now 3 outs away from a no-hitter, if he goes the distance Homer Bailey has Joey Votto to thank for his heads-up play in the top of the 7th.— SportsonEarth (@SportsonEarth) July 3, 2013
After putting forth a transcendent performance, he still had the time and energy afterwards to make a quip, courtesy of Newsday's Marc Carig:
"Every dog has his day twice, I guess." - Homer Bailey— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) July 3, 2013
He later explained his mindset to MLB Network, courtesy of MLB's Twitter:
“During the 8th and 9th, I just kind of said, ‘Why the hell not, here we go again." - Homer Bailey tells @MLBNetwork.— MLB (@MLB) July 3, 2013
Of course, despite all the great things about this night—the dominant performance, the heady play by Votto in the seventh, the back-to-back historical component, the celebration—the best might just be the fact that a guy named Homer is missing so many bats, according to the Denver Post's Troy Renck:
A pitcher named Homer has the last two no-hitters... That's why I love baseball.— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 3, 2013
Author Steve Rushin takes it one step further, ranking all of the Homers:
OK, Top Homers: Homer Bush; Homer, Alaska; Homer Who Wrote The Odyssey; Homer Drew; Homer Bailey; Homer Simpson; Shot Heard Round The World.— Steve Rushin (@SteveRushin) July 3, 2013
Anytime you can beat out Simpson, you know it's been a good night.
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