Cincinnati Reds righty Homer Bailey threw his second career no-hitter Tuesday evening, the first in the major leagues since the former Dayton Dragons pitcher’s first no-no on Sept. 28, 2012. He struck out nine and walked one.
Bailey is now one of four active MLB pitchers with more than one no-hitter to his credit. The other three are Toronto Blue Jays LHP Mark Buehrle, Philadelphia Phillies RHP Roy Halladay, and Detroit Tigers RHP Justin Verlander. (Side note: Buehrle pitched for the 1999 Burlington Bees, going 7-4 with a 4.10 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 98.2 IP. That team won the Midwest League title.)
Bailey also is now only the third pitcher to throw the last no-hitter of a season and the first no-hitter of the following season. The others are members of the Baseball Hall of Fame: Nolan Ryan (1974-75) and Warren Spahn (1960-61).
He pitched for the 2005 Dayton Dragons, going 8-4 with a 4.43 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 103.2 IP. 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.
Two MWL winning streaks end
The Beloit Snappers beat the Cedar Rapids Kernels 5-4 tonight, ending the Kernels’ win streak at 11 games. It is Cedar Rapids’ first loss since the MWL All-Star break; Beloit improved to 10-2 in the second half.
The Great Lakes Loons also saw their win streak end, at seven games, after losing 4-3 to the West Michigan Whitecaps tonight. The Loons won their seventh consecutive game in a notable way reminiscent of the infamous “Merkle’s Boner” play of 1908. (You can read more about it here.)
Interestingly, a similar incident almost occurred tonight in Davenport, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits. This is from the Clinton LumberKings’ game story:
The finish did not come without controversy. (Jordan) Scott hit a deep fly ball to center field, which Jabari Henry let drop. (Austin) Elkins came home to score the winning run, but the LumberKings disputed the play. Clinton appealed to third and second base to challenge whether the runners had advanced on the force. Initially, the base umpire signaled out but after conferring with his crewmate and both managers, the run stood for a 7-6 River Bandits’ victory.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the River Bandits’ game story makes no mention of the controversy.