It was truly a magical night for Bailey as he dominated Giants hitters from the get-go and took a perfect game into the 7th inning.
In the 7th, after walking Gregor Blanco, Bailey got Marco Scutaro to ground out. The next batter, Buster Posey, chopped it to Joey Votto's right side, who fielded the ball and looked at first base. Votto saw that Bailey wouldn't make it to first in time to cover, stopped, and gunned it to Todd Frazier, who applied the tag to Blanco. The play was ruled as a fielder's choice and preserved the no-hitter.
Later that inning, with two outs, Bailey got ahead of Pablo Sandoval 0-2. Sandoval battled though: taking a ball, fouling off three, and taking two more balls to run the count full. On the ninth pitch, Bailey went upstairs with a 97 mph fastball and struck out Sandoval.
When it was all over, Bailey finished with one walk and nine strikeouts. Bailey threw 109 pitches, 74 for strikes.
Bailey's other no-hitter came on Sept. 28 of last season in Pittsburgh (Bailey also threw exactly 74 strikes in that game). With last night's feat, Bailey became the first person since Nolan Ryan to pitch consecutive MLB no-hitters.
It's been less than 12 hours since the game ended and I've spent most of my time watching highlights and reading recaps. Whether you've seen one in person or watched a few on TV, a no-hitter is always special. I sat on a couch 600 miles away, but with my hands shaking, I felt like I was a part of history.
My favorite quote of the night, from manager Dusty Baker:
"Dang, what a game. I can't quit smiling."
I can't either, Dusty.
Andrew J. Roth studied journalism at Lehigh University and received his Master's from the University of Illinois. He has been following the Reds and Major League Baseball since he met Barry Larkin in 1993. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewJohnRoth.
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