For the first 6 innings of the game, the Giants could muster absolutely nothing against the Reds’ Homer Bailey. 18 batters had stepped up to the plate and 18 batters had sat right back down, 7 of them on strikeouts.
Then, Gregor Blanco came to the plate. He worked Bailey to a 3-2 count before taking ball four on a fastball inside, ending Homer Bailey’s perfect game bid.
After getting Marco Scutaro to ground out, there was an extremely close play on a ball hit by Buster Posey that had everyone in Cincinnati holding their breath. Buster Posey hit a chopper that pulled Joey Votto off of the bag at first. Bailey was late getting to first, so there was no play. It seemed that the no hit bid would end too. Then, Joey Votto, instead of trying to get to first, made a great play to throw Blanco out at third, saving the no hitter.
While the perfect game is lost, he still has a no hitter going. Bailey also has the MLB’s last no hitter, which he pitched on September 28th 2012 against the Pirates.