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|Reds pitcher Homer Bailey struck out nine Giants and walked one on his way to a no-hitter.|
Goes out for the ninth, takes a deep breath as he goes into his warm-up pitches. ... Before final warm-up pitch, a little nod toward catcher Ryan Hanigan, as if to say, "Let’s do it." ... Brandon Crawford. ... 96 called strike. ... 95 fouled off. ... 96, high chopper back to Bailey, had to jump to make the play. ... Pinch hitter Tony Abreu. ... Beads of sweat on Bailey's cheekbones below his eyes and on his upper lip, hair wet with sweat. ... Home crowd seems a little nervous, should be louder. ... 96 up high. ... 96 fouled off. ... 96 fouled off. ... Fans want that strikeout. ... 97 high and away. ... 90 slider, fouled off foot. ... Not sure how Abreu even made contact, and camera pans to Dusty Baker, who seems to be thinking the same thing. ... 97 up, swing and miss, blew him away. ... Two outs for Blanco. ... Deep breath from Bailey, release of tension and energy. ... 97 up, called strike, smile from Dusty in the dugout. ... Bailey looks in; nothing like the stare and focused intensity of a pitcher in the zone. Nods head, 97 up fouled off. ... Camera pans to Shin-Soo clapping his glove in the outfield, fans loud now, hoping Bailey feeds off them for more pitches. ... Shakes off Ryan Hanigan, 97 up and high, Hanigan has been moving all over the place behind the plate with each pitch. ... Bailey blows cheeks, shakes off again, nods, fastball down, weak grounder right to third baseman Todd Frazier, no-hitter! May have got away with that pitch as he wanted it up in the zone.