For at least one night, The Freak was back.
Tim Lincecum completed a no-hitter just a few strokes after 1:00 AM in the Midwest, and it took 148 pitches. The final out recorded was a fly ball off the bat of Yonder Alonso to left fielder Gregor Blanco. Lincecum had a close call in the 8th inning when Alexi Amarista hit a line drive to right field, but Hunter Pence made an outstanding diving catch to keep the no-no in tact. Pence also added a solo home run to make it a 9-0 Giants lead.
The no-hitter couldn’t have came at a more unexpected time for “Big Time Timmy”. In his last 10 games, Lincecum was 1-7 with a 5.06 ERA.
You have to be happy for Linecum who despite his struggles is one of the true good guys in the game. It wast the 15th no-hitter in Giants history. The 148 pitches Linecum needed were the most since Edwin Jackson threw 149 to complete his own no-hitter back in 2010.
Homer Bailey has done it again, no-hitting the San Francisco Giants two nights ago for the second consecutive no-hitter in baseball, both belonging to Bailey.
I watched the entire game in the Planet Hollywood sports book. I saw from about the third inning on that Bailey had his no-hit type stuff, it was just a matter of the luck was on his side; the luck that is a necessary of any completed no-hitter.
I could care less about the F-bomb that Homer dropped on live television in his post game interview. It made the moment even more memorable.
What this moment and this game was all about was Homer Bailey delivering on all the potential so many people have waited on all along. Bailey became just the 31st player in big league history to throw multiple no-hitters. When a guy has came into the league and thrown multple no-no’s, he’s realized his potential. He’s accomplished greatness in the game. He’s joined elite company.
No one can ever call Homer Bailey a ‘bust’, not that they would have any way; but he’s now reached a territory where he’s respected among the elite.
That’s what I kept saying to myself as I watched Bailey overpower hitters in the ninth inning with a 97 MPH fastball – “what a bulldog” – that’s the only thing I could think about. Here’s a guy who has came up through the Reds system and weathered some tough times but has shown the entire organization and the baseball world that he’s something special.
If Bailey doesn’t do another thing in this game – if the ride ends here – he’s already delivered several times on the grandest of stages for the Cincinnati Reds and provided some memories that last forever amongst the immortals.
And here’s Marty’s call of the historic moment:
And here’s the golden post-game interview:
[Cincinnati.com] [All 27 outs - MLB.com]
When a pitcher goes 27 up, 27 down without allowing a hit; you never forget the feat that he accomplished. You remember the moment forever when you witness it.
To put in perspective the immortals that Homer Bailey joined last night, it was just the second no-hitter thrown by a Reds pitcher in my lifetime. I was just five years old in 1988 when Tom Browning threw a perfect game. I remember talking about it with my father, but just barely. If I live a full life, I might see one more Cincinnati Reds no-hitter.
If I could have chosen one guy in the big leagues that I would have liked to see throw a no-no, it would have been Homer Bailey. He’s been my favorite Reds pitcher for a long time now. I wrote back in April on my frustrations surrounding Bailey. He’s got that tragic hero trait. He’ll go out and have unbelievable stuff for six innings and then the wheels fall off. Or the bullpen inevitably blows his win (how many times has it happened this year alone?). Whacky things happen to bad-luck Bailey. But he’s been remarkably solid this season. He’s tied with Johnny Cueto to lead the team in quality starts. And he’s the only guy on that Reds roster that can speak on what it’s like to throw one of those games that Nolan Ryan knew about so well.
This was another moment in a season comprised of so much magic. If you are sitting here thinking that times are going to be like this for the next several seasons for Cincinnati; and granted they should be, please don’t be naive. It’s likely that we’ve reached the apex for this current group. Seasons like this and moments like this come along only a few times across a lifetime.
To that I say at least we were around to see it all unfold. I’ve been around the game for a long time, and I’ve seen a lot of nine inning frames expire. It takes a big moment for me to stand inches from the television (my only company being my dog) and to be yelling and pacing with every pitch. I wanted that so badly for Homer Bailey last night that when the pop up was hit to Brandon Phillips for out number 27, I yelled at the top of my lungs ‘YES! GET IT! YES!’.
Congratulations Homer Bailey. You’ve proven to the world that all that promise and all that patience was for good reason.
8019 games, and all I could think about was no no-hitters.com. A guy who didn’t even pitch last year ends the futility.
It’s officially June, the weather is officially allowed to be smoking. It’s okay to turn on your air conditioning and if you had a summer diet planned there’s no more excuses, get going with it. Johan Santana threw a no-hitter on Friday night and struck out David Freese on his 134th pitch of the night to complete the first no-no in New York Mets history.
I had to get this in the blog’s archives somehow, it’s big time history and the fact that it went down in New York (and against St. Louis) makes it all the more special for the baseball romanticist.
The Cardinals spent the rest of the weekend trying to score one run, and they succeeded on Sunday. The Mets are up in this series 3-0 and hunting a sweep today.
Last night Jered Weaver threw a no-hitter, blanking the Minnesota Twins 9-0. He walked one and struck out nine.
The most amazing part of it as I watched it unfold was that one of my best buddies and resident Angels fan MJ Lloyd (of Halo Hangout and Off-Base Percentage) called it earlier in the day. Above are the text messages to prove it.
Read more about it at the OC Register Angels blog, and give MJ a shout out on twitter for his Nostradamus-like prediction. Well played my friend.
Couple of things here, boys and girls. And yes I saw Justin Verlander close it down today–and knew he had it when he struck out a Rajai Davis (forever a footnote on the wrong side of a trivia question) who is riding the interstate as far as his batting average goes.
- First, this is the second time this week that a post gets tagged with the ‘no-hitter’ category on this blog. This coming after two guys (Derek Lowe, Jaime Garcia) had bids last night fall just short, and today both Verlander and Yovani Gallardo carried no-hitters into the 8th, with only Verlander holding on to his. I knew one or the other would come home with it. I was right.
- This is the second no-hitter that Verlander has thrown since I’ve had this blog. In between all that? Well he broke down and I predicted him to be Comeback Player of the Year before the 2009 season. Five more until you run down Nolan Ryan.
- Verlander was throwing 102 in the 9th during his last no-hitter. I saw him hit 100 MPH today in the 9th a couple of times. That’s serious, serious ched.
It’s been a pretty epic little sports Saturday. The Derby, which I missed. A bunch of NBA games down to the wire, which I also missed. A 5-time Major winner in Golf passed away early this morning. Oh yea, and that shithead closer that pitches for the Reds finally reared his ugly head just as I was starting to like him.
Happy Saturday all.
He might no longer be known only as ‘Lights Out’, but he’s now an immortal piece of baseball history. Last night, Francisco Liriano no-hit the Chicago White Sox. He did this against a team I told you would be one of the biggest offensive forces in the entire sport this year.
Liriano did it with the opposing pitcher on the mound being Edwin Jackson, a pitcher who joined the no-hit club last season. He threw 123 pitches, 66 for strikes, and walked six. The final out of the game was a liner from Adam Dunn into shortstop Matt Tolbert’s glove.
A few years back, Liriano looked like he was going to become one of the most dominating pitchers in the sport for a better part of a decade. As they so often do, dreams got derailed. But for one night Liriano was everything he’s ever been and then some, and he’s now part of history.
The Reds postseason drought is over, but it seems like you can barely count this game as ending much of a drought.
Roy Halladay was a Jay Bruce walk away from going 27 up, and 27 down. I could do like I usually do and post all kinds of links, and even in a regular loss I would have done that. But I’m not going to do that.
I have no problem in saying it was one of the finest performances I’ve ever seen on the pitchers mound. It came against my favorite team, in the postseason. There’s not a lot else you can say. I’m not going to hang my head, and I’m not going to act like it’s more than it was. It was one game to begin a postseason series.
I still love my boys. This is part of the journey. There will be brighter days. I know from my time playing this great game that this happens on a given day. They went up against a guy throwing 6 or 7 pitches for strikes on both sides of the plate. There isn’t a lot you can do and your chances are mathematically eliminated when a guy doesn’t make a mistake.
There are a lot of songs I thought of that fit for this team after game one. I almost went with REO Speedwagon, but I’ll probably save that for elimination. This Blink 182 song really fits well with where this young Reds team is at. This is all part of the big picture. This was part of destiny. There will be a brighter day. This taught some of these young guys a lesson to witness it and be part of it. But there will be a brighter day.
This is the sports Gods’ way laughing at me.
Of course this would happen to a team I root for; scratch that. A team I live for. It’s not your fault, Reds. It’s my fault. This is what I get for sacrificing other areas of my life to put you on a pedestal. This is me being taught some kind of cruel lesson. There aren’t fans like me in the Rangers fan base. You saw how things went for them today. This is the baseball Gods telling me to simmer. To get wrapped up in something else.
I cannot believe that my favorite team in my favorite sport in my favorite season of all time just went out and got no-hit tonight and I watched the whole thing unfold. I’ve waited over half of my life for this; and this is what happens. Maybe if I hadn’t been waiting half my life, I’d be celebrating a win right now.
Life is funny sometimes. Baseball is definitely funny. I’m really sad right now.
The national talking heads everywhere are laughing at us. Only my team would come out and get no-hit, zip zip zip for 9 innings in their first postseason appearance in 15 years.
Props to Johnny Gomes; who is worthless, and Edinson Volquez for sealing this thing from the get-go. In 27 years, I’ve yet to see my Reds get no-hit, and I’m glad you all saved it for tonight to serve us this nice tasty cake.
As for you Philly fans, eat shit. I maintain that even after you sweep our Punch & Judy quartet you will not win a title this year. And the Eagles are a mess!
I was wrong for believing in the Reds. This series won’t have a game four and when I go to Cincinnati on Sunday I’m going to say goodbye to the 2010 Reds.
Last night, Matt Garza became the first Tampa Bay Rays pitcher to throw a no-hitter; and the first pitcher in my recent memory to be a member of my fantasy team and accomplish the feat while in the lineup.
Garza was the fifth pitcher this season to throw a no-hitter. Folks, we are playing 1992 baseball again, and it’s trending towards being an even lower scoring season then that.
Matt Joyce hit a grand slam in this game to account for the first scoring in the 6th inning.
-Reds start the weekend off with a big 10-3 victory in Cincinnati, coupled with a St. Louis loss to Zack Greinke (what goes around comes around), the Reds are now a half game in first place and have won four straight.
Drew Stubbs drove in four runs, Jay Bruce doubled twice, drove in a run on a sac fly, walked, and scored three times, and Scott Rolen homered.
-Love the green hats. Irish heritage day at the ball park is pretty cool in the fact that we get to see the green hats.
-I like the Reds chances tonight against Justin Masterson. In fact I like their chances to get a sweep this weekend if LeCure pitches decently this evening. Do you remember the Friday night back in June of 2008 that the Reds hung the first loss of his career on him? Here’s the box score from the 3-1 final that evening against the Red Sox.
-Big talk around the league is Edwin Jackson throwing 149 pitches for a no-hitter last night against the Tampa Bay Rays despite walking 8 batters. I’ll say this, the guy was throwing 95 MPH in the 9th after 140 pitches. Now we know why he was somewhat coveted.
-I’m going to a wedding in Parma, Ohio this evening. Gotta run. GO REDS. I’ll try and update the twitter later if you wanna hear my thoughts on the evening’s action. Look out though.
Jon Lester needed 130 pitches and a strikeout to finish what he started last night. When the dust settled he had thrown the 18th no-hitter in Red Sox history. It took 2 hours and 30 minutes on the dot and took place in front of a crowd of 37,746.
It’s a great culmination for Lester who just over a year ago faced uncertainty in his professional career, battling cancer. It also just adds to another great chapter in recent Boston baseball; and sports fortune.
Most teams are lucky to get a no-hitter per decade. The Red Sox now have them in back to back years, with Clay Bucholz firing his own last season.
The lone home run of the game was his catcher, Jason Varitek. The biggest scare of the game, a looper hit by Jose Guillen, was saved by growing young superstar outfielder Jacoby Elsbury.
“It’s something I’ll remember for a long time,” said Lester. “He (Terry Francona) has been like a second dad to me. He cares a lot about his players. It’s not just about what you can do on the field.”
So what’s next for the Red Sox and Boston in general? I mean really. How the sports Gods have shined upon this city in the past 5 days and past 5 years. The one thing is it came against the Kansas City Royals, so it’s only really half a no-hitter. An asterisked no-hitter. Calm yourselves chowda heads. I kid.