Another hard-throwin’ Texan has developed a knack for no-hitters.
Homer Bailey threw his second in 10 months and the first in the majors this season, pitching the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
Bailey became the third Reds pitcher with more than one no-hitter, joining Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer — still the only big leaguer to toss two in a row. Bailey beat the Pirates 1-0 in Pittsburgh last Sept. 28 and got another 17 starts later.
“Every dog has its day twice, I guess,” Bailey said. “It felt good to do it in front of the Cincinnati fans.”
The last pitcher to throw one no-hitter and then another before anyone else in the majors accomplished the feat was Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan.
“To do it once is extra special. To do it twice — I don’t really have the words for it right now.”
Bailey (5-6) dominated the defending World Series champs. He walked Gregor Blanco leading off the seventh, the only Giants batter to reach base.