Former Dayton Dragons pitcher Homer Bailey threw the 16th no-hitter in Cincinnati Reds history Friday, striking out 10 and allowing only two baserunners in his 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Pirates hadn’t been no-hit since Hall-of-Famer Bob Gibson did so in 1971. The only team that had gone longer without being no-hit is the Chicago Cubs. They were last no-hit by Hall-of-Famer Sandy Koufax in 1965.
Bailey went 8-4 with a 4.43 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 103.2 IP for the 2005 Dayton Dragons. He also made a rehab appearance with the Dragons in 2010, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk in 4 IP. He struck out 5 and took the loss in that game.
Tom Browning was the last Reds pitcher to no-hit an opponent, throwing a perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988. Browning didn’t play in the Midwest League, but he was Dayton’s pitching coach this year.