Chances are you weren't watching the Reds-Giants game last night. Cincinnati won, 3-0, and gave the Reds back-to-back victories for the first time since mid-June. But if you weren't watching the game, you missed more than a Reds victory. You missed the first no-hitter of the season, courtesy of Cincinnati pitcher Homer Bailey.
The last big-league no-hitter was thrown in September 2012 — also by Homer Bailey. (That one came against the Pirates.) This makes Bailey the third pitcher in Reds history to throw two no-hitters, and the sixth pitcher in MLB history to throw consecutive no-hitters.
Watch Bailey's teammates mob him at the mound after the Reds secure the final out:
Cincinnati had been locked in a tight division race with the Pirates and Cardinals. But after losing 8 of 11 before their series with the Giants, the Reds fell to third in the NL Central. After last night's win, they're 4 games back of division-leading Pittsburgh. They needed a spark to get back in the hunt, and Homer Bailey might have given it to them — and in dramatic fashion.
Photo: AP/Al Behrman