(PITTSBURGH) — Homer Bailey pitched the seventh no-hitter in the majors this season and needed 115 pitches to beat the Pirates, 1-0 on Friday night.
Bailey recorded 10 strikeouts with just one walk in the franchises 15th no-hitter. Alex Presley popped out for the final out.
“I don’t think there is any reason why there have been so many,” Bailey said. “There is a real fine line there in throwing a no-hitter. A bloop can fall in the outfield or an infielder can be in the wrong position and there goes your hit. You have to be extremely fortunate to throw a no-hitter, and we had luck on our side tonight.”
The only run of the night came on a Todd Frazier sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning. With the win, the Reds are tied for the best record in the league with the Washington Nationals (95-62).
“He’s always been a good thrower, but he’s really learned how to pitch this season,” Reds bench coach Chris Speier said. “You saw the evolution tonight.”
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