HOMER BAILEY TWIRLS A NO-HITTER AGAINST THE GIANTS
BAILEY THREW HIS SECOND NO-HITTER IN A TEN MONTH STRETCH
(AP) — Homer Bailey has thrown his second no-hitter in 10 months and the first in the majors this season, pitching the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory over the slumping San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
Giants radio call with Jon Miller
Reds radio call with Marty Brennaman
Bailey (5-6) became the third Reds pitcher with more than one no-hitter, joining Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer — still the only big leaguer to toss two in a row. Bailey beat the Pirates 1-0 in Pittsburgh last Sept. 28 and got another 17 starts later. Bailey says he leaned on his experience from last year's no-no to help him in Tuesday night's effort.....
The right-hander walked Gregor Blanco to lead off the seventh, the only Giants batter to reach base. First baseman Joey Votto threw out Blanco as he tried to reach third on a grounder. Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan says he needed to keep reminding Bailey to follow-through and not short-arm his pithces......
With 27,509 fans on their feet chanting "Homer! Homer!" Bailey finished it off by getting Brandon Crawford on a high comebacker, striking out Tony Abreu and getting Blanco on a grounder to third.
NORRIS BLAST LIFTS A'S TO VICTORY AND FIRST PLACE
THREE RUN BOLT GIVES A'S 8-7 WIN OVER CUBS
(AP) — Derek Norris hit a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Oakland Athletics rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-7 on Tuesday night to regain the AL West lead.
Norris sent the 2-2 pitch from James Russell (1-2) over the left-center field wall for his fourth home run this season. Josh Donaldson and Chris Young also homered to put the A's a half-game ahead of Texas, which lost 9-2 at Seattle.
Alfonso Soriano hit a three-run homer to highlight a five-run fifth inning and Welington Castillo drove in three runs for Chicago, which twice blew a two-run lead. The Cubs are 35-46 at their season's midpoint.
Dan Otero (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning for his first career win, and Grant Balfour finished for his 20th straight save this season and 38th overall.
(AP) — Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and other representatives of the team met Tuesday for two hours with free agent center Dwight Howard to make their pitch for keeping him in Los Angeles. Kupchak says in a statement that at the meeting, "we told him how important he is to the Lakers team, franchise, fans and community."
Howard's free agency had been prominent in the Lakers' minds since their season ended in a first-round playoff sweep.Howard, a seven-time All-Star, has vowed to make his decision in his own best interests, giving no indication he favored the Lakers over any other team.
The Lakers can offer a maximum of $118 million over five seasons, and other teams can offer $88 million over four years.
The Chico Nuts went 2-4 at the University of Nevada Reno Tournament, defeating the Chaffey Baseball Club and the Santa Clara Red Sox over the six day tournament. The UNR tournament is one of the most difficult 19u tournaments in the United States, with elite clubs from all over the United States.
Against Santa Clara the Nuts needed extra innings to prevail 10-4. The score was tied at seven after seven innings before the Nuts scored six runs in the top of the eighth. Michael Sanderson hit a three run home run and Andrew Shippelhoute hit a 2 run triple in the inning. Matt Henderson was 4x4, and Greg Darms was 2x3 with two rbi. Clayton Schuler pitched six innings, striking out five, and Zach Visinoni pitched the final two innings for the win.
Against Chaffey (Seattle, WA.) the Nuts jumped out in front and held on for a 6-4 win. Ryan Dufort pitched four strong innings for the win, allowing four hits, and Nick Jackson pitched the final three innings, allowing only one hit. Matt Gomes was 2x3 with an drbi, and Jackson Murphy was 2x3 with a home run and an rbi.