Homer Bailey Takes No-No into Seventh Inning, Cincinnati Reds Beat San Francisco Giants to Complete Four-Game Sweep June 30th, 2014 at 9:10 PM
By Cody Dalga
When Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey heads to the mound with his A-game, you know you're in trouble. He flirted with his third career no-hitter on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants but settled with a three-hit complete game shutout in the 4-0 win which completed the four-game sweep at AT&T Park.
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Bailey took the no-hitter into the seventh inning but a Buster Posey two-out single ended the chance at history.
"You can talk about a no-hitter all you want, I think the only time you should or can is after the game is completed," Bailey said. "I wasn't really thinking about it other than obnoxious fans who kept yelling at me about it."
Luckily for Bailey, the Reds were able to score a run early when Billy Hamilton doubled home Skip Schumaker
in the third inning. The game remained 1-0 until the three-run ninth the Cincinnati
offense put together. Brandon Phillips
hit a sacrifice fly and Brayan Pena
as well as Schumaker collected RBI singles.
The sweep was the first four-game sweep against the Giants at home in the park's history, which opened in 2000. It also extended the Reds winning streak to five games and put them at a season-best five games over .500 (43-38). Losses by both St. Louis and Milwaukee on Sunday also put the Reds into second place in the NL Central, just six and a half games behind the Brewers.
"The guys aren't taking anything for granted right now," Reds manager Bryan Price
said. "We can't afford to lay back and give games away because we feel we're playing good and already have a series. We have to go out there and try to sweep because we're a good distance behind Milwaukee."
With just 14 games until the All-Star break, the Cincinnati
Reds have a good chance to make up some significant ground in the division. Beginning Monday, they travel to San Diego for a three-game series with the Padres before heading home and having series' against the Brewers, Chicago Cubs, and Pittsburgh Pirates. Monday's opener in San Diego will showcase Mat Latos
on the mound looking for his second win this season.
, brandon phillips
, Brayan Pena
, Bryan Price
, Cincinnati Reds
, homer bailey
, Mat Latos
, Skip Schumaker