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Bailey's fastball makes Giants look small

7/3/2013
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Homer Bailey threw the season’s first no-hitter Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants, joining rare company in the process.

He’s responsible for Major League Baseball’s past two no-hitters. There have been only seven instances in MLB history in which consecutive no-hitters were thrown by the same pitcher. Nolan Ryan was the last to do that, in 1974-75.

The history

Bailey tossed the 273rd regular-season no-hitter in MLB history, becoming the 28th pitcher to throw multiple no-hitters in the process. He joined Roy Halladay, Justin Verlander and Mark Buehrle as the only active pitchers with at least two.

It was the 16th no-hitter in Reds franchise history, fourth-most behind the Dodgers (20), Red Sox (18) and White Sox (18).

The last pitcher to no-hit the Giants was Kevin Millwood as a member of the Phillies on April 27, 2003. It was the ninth time a pitcher has thrown a no-hitter against a defending champion (first since Johan Santana in 2012 against the St. Louis Cardinals).

Keys to the no-hitter

Bailey threw fastballs 77 percent of the time, the most in a start in his past three seasons. He averaged 94.5 mph on his fastball, his second-fastest fastball velocity in any start since 2010. And his velocity increased as the game progressed (93.1 mph in the first three innings, 94.4 mph in the fourth through sixth innings and 95.6 mph in the seventh through ninth innings).

Homer Bailey No-Hitters

He threw 18 of 22 breaking balls for strikes. His 81.8 percent strike rate with his breaking ball was his highest in a start since Sept. 3, 2011, at the Cardinals (83.3 percent). He netted eight outs with his breaking pitches.

Bailey walked one batter in each of his no-hitters. He is only the sixth pitcher since 1900 with multiple no-hitters in which he walked one or fewer batters, joining Roy Halladay, Mark Buehrle, Sandy Koufax, Virgil Trucks and Cy Young.

Did you know?

Bailey had only 42 career wins entering Tuesday. The Elias Sports Bureau noted that is the fourth-fewest career wins entering a pitcher's second no-hitter among those who debuted since 1900. Johnny Vander Meer had only nine career wins when he pitched his second no-hitter in 1938.

Fewest Career Wins
Entering 2nd No-Hitter

After Tuesday's no-hitter, Bailey has a 4.36 career ERA.

The Elias Sports Bureau tells us that's currently the worst career ERA for any pitcher in MLB history with multiple career no-hitters.

Previously, the worst was Hideo Nomo's 4.24 career ERA.