Stat Line of the Night — 7/2/2013 — Homer Bailey
On September 28 of last season, Homer Bailey completely shut down the Pittsburgh Pirates’ offense, en route to recording the first no-hitter of his career. And last night, at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bailey proved to everyone that last year’s no-hitter was no fluke, as he tossed another one—this time against the San Francisco Giants.
Bailey dominated the Giants’ hitters throughout the evening, striking out nine through his nine innings of work. His only blemish of the evening came in the seventh inning when he walked Gregor Blanco, but he was still able to hold onto the no-no and the 3-0 victory.
As a result of last night’s no-hitter, Bailey becomes the first pitcher to own the Majors’ last two no-hitters since Nolan Ryan accomplished the feat by throwing no-nos at the end of the 1974 season and at the beginning of the 1975 season. It’s quite the achievement for the 27-year-old righty, and it earns him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, July 2, 2013.