The last time, it was against the Pittsburgh Pirates last year on September 28. This time, it was against the World Series defending champions San Francisco Giants.
This time, Bailey was slightly more effective, needing only 109 pitches–6 fewer than last year–to dispatch the Giants. In his 9 innings, he struck out 9, walked one, and allowed no hits and no runs.
Now that he has two no-hitters, Bailey joins some prestigious company. There are only 5 pitchers in Major League history with more than 2 no-hitters.
- Nolan Ryan (7)
- Sandy Koufax (4)
- Bob Feller (3)
- Cy Young (3)
- Larry Corcooran (3)
Bailey’s got some opportunity to join them. Until then, he’ll have to console himself with being the equal of guys such as Justin Verlander, Roy Halladay, and Randy Johnson. Tough company to keep.