Ranking the No-Hitters of Sean Manaea, Mike Fiers and Homer Bailey
4. Homer Bailey vs San Francisco Giants, July 2, 2013
Following the Mike Fiers mold – although this came over five years earlier – Homer Bailey’s second no-hitter, a 3-0 win over the San Francisco Giants, was the worst (a misnomer, as it was still a NO-HITTER) of his two performances.
Facing the defending World Series champions and going against two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, Bailey struck out nine and allowed only one baserunner – a leadoff walk to Gregor Blanco in the top of the seventh – on 109 pitches, narrowly missing a perfect game.
Bailey allowed the second-most balls hit in the air – 11 flyouts – and allowed the most line drives (three).
Bailey struck out the side in the sixth, part of 18 consecutive batters retired to open up the contest and faced one above the minimum.
He opened the game with a strikeout before allowing two long flyballs, but from that point on it was about as smooth a no-hitter as you can get, with no runners getting past second and nothing getting into the outfield from the fifth inning on.