Cincinnati Reds starter Homer Bailey threw a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. The hitless game is quite a good summation of both the Reds (in first place in the National League Central Division) and the Pirates (in fourth place in the National League Central Division) respective 2012 seasons. Everything that can go right, has gone right for Cincinnati, while everything that can go wrong, has gone wrong for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Throwing 115 pitches, Bailey struck out ten batters and allowed only two opposing players to reach base: Clint Barmes on a fielding error by Scott Rolen in the third inning and Andrew McCutchen via a walk in the seventh inning. The right-hander becomes the first Reds pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Tom Browning threw a perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 16, 1988.