Series: Game 2 of 3

Cincinnati leads 2-0 (as of 7/2)

Game 1: Monday, July 1
San Francisco1Final
in 6
Game 2: Tuesday, July 2
San Francisco0Final
Game 3: Wednesday, July 3
San Francisco2Final
in 11
Game 4: Thursday, July 4
San FranciscoPostponed

Giants 0

(39-44, 15-29 away)

Reds 3

(48-36, 28-14 home)

    Coverage:  MLBN

    7:10 PM ET, July 2, 2013

    Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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    W: H. Bailey (5-6)

    L: T. Lincecum (4-9)

    Giants-Reds Preview


    Homer Bailey pitched well enough in last year's NL division series to help the Cincinnati Reds advance past the San Francisco Giants, but his teammates couldn't score enough runs.

    In his first matchup with the Giants since, the right-hander will seek to shake out of a slump and help the Reds build on a decisive victory Tuesday night.

    With his team leading 2-0 in the division series, Bailey struck out 10 while giving up one run, one hit and one walk over seven innings, but the Reds fell 2-1 in 10 frames and dropped their next two home games.

    Bailey (4-6, 3.88 ERA) hasn't been as spectacular lately, going 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA in his last three starts. He gave up four runs in the fourth of his six innings Wednesday in a 5-0 loss in Oakland.

    "We could say 'Homer didn't do this,' or 'he was quick,' or whatever. We didn't score any runs, and we had no chance even if it was 1-0," manager Dusty Baker told the team's official website.

    The Reds (47-36) have given Bailey a combined two runs of support since his most recent win June 10 but slugged their way to an 8-1 victory in Monday's series opener against the Giants (39-43). Todd Frazier homered and matched a career high with four RBIs before rain shortened the game to six innings.

    The runs were the most for Cincinnati since a 12-2 win at the Chicago Cubs on June 11. The Reds were averaging 2.8 runs while batting .220 in their previous 17 games.

    "We were more aggressive. We didn't get deep into the count. We were attacking pitches early," Baker said. "Everybody got into the act. We got a couple of cheap hits. We got a couple of line drives. Then we got the big three-run homer (from Frazier)."

    Cincinnati, returning home from a 2-6 road trip, dropped San Francisco to 1-6 on its 10-game trek. The Giants have also lost nine of 11 overall, plating two runs or fewer eight times. Leadoff hitter Gregor Blanco is in the middle of the funk, going 0 for 13 in his last four games.

    Tim Lincecum (4-8, 4.64) would appear unlikely to spark a turnaround.

    The right-hander is 1-6 with a 5.24 ERA in his last eight outings and matched a career high by giving up 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a 4-2 loss at the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    "I didn't expand the zone when I needed to, I left too many pitches on the plate and they put some good swings on some pitches, (to add to) the fact that I threw some (lousy) ones," he told the team's official website.

    Lincecum is 0-5 with a 5.92 ERA in his last seven road starts and has been given a combined three runs of support in his last four. The Giants have provided him with nine runs in his last eight overall starts after giving him a combined 30 in his first eight this season.

    Lincecum is also 0-1 with a 7.41 ERA in his three all-time regular-season matchups with the Reds. He got the win, however, in Game 4 of last year's division series after giving up one run and two hits over 4 1/3 innings of relief.

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    Gameday Matchup

     San FranciscoCincinnati
    Current StreakW1L5
    Last 106-44-6

    Pitching Matchup

    San FranciscoCincinnati
    T. Lincecum
    10-14, 4.37 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/26 vs LAD
    7.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = ND
    H. Bailey
    11-12, 3.49 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 vs PIT
    5.0 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.San FranciscoCincinnati
    1. G. Blanco, CF S. Choo, CF
    2. M. Scutaro, 2B Z. Cozart, SS
    3. B. Posey, C J. Votto, 1B
    4. P. Sandoval, 3B B. Phillips, 2B
    5. H. Pence, RF J. Bruce, RF
    6. B. Belt, 1B T. Frazier, 3B
    7. A. Torres, LF X. Paul, LF
    8. B. Crawford, SS R. Hanigan, C
    9. T. Lincecum, P H. Bailey, P

    Research Notes

    The Giants offense has often been the victim of a no-hitter - their 16 are tied for the third most by any franchise.
    Homer Bailey walked 1 batter in each of his no-hitters. He is just the 6th pitcher since 1900 with multiple no-hitters in which he walked 1 or fewer batters. Sandy Koufax is the only other with multiple no-hitters with 9 or more strikeouts and 1 or fewer walks.
    Bailey is the third Reds pitcher with multiple no-hitters.
    Bailey is the ninth pitcher in MLB history to no-hit the defending World Series champion - Johan Santana did so last year, the first since 1990.
    From Elias: Bailey only went 17 starts between no-hitters, matching the seventh-shortest span (in terms of starts) between no-hitters in MLB history. Johnny Vander Meer is the only pitcher to throw a no-hitter in consecutive starts and he did so for the 1938 Reds.
    Both of Bailey's no-hitters have come with Ryan Hanigan behind the plate. They're just the eighth battery to post multiple no-hitters since 1900.
    After tonight's no-hitter, Homer Bailey now has a 4.36 career ERA. That's the worst career ERA for any pitcher in history with multiple career no-hitters. Previously, the worst was Hideo Nomo's 4.24 career ERA.
    Homer Bailey had just 42 career wins entering tonight. That's the 4th-fewest career wins entering a pitcher's 2nd no-hitter among pitchers who debuted since 1900. Johnny Vander Meer had just 9 career wins when he pitched his 2nd no-hitter in 1938.
    Bailey's fastball was the key to his first no-hitter and it was no different this time around. After throwing 71 percent fastballs in his first no-hitter at an average velocity of 91.0 MPH, Bailey upped both his usage and velocity to 77 percent and 94.5 MPH the second time around.
    The Reds now have 16 no-hitters in their history, the fourth-most by any team.
    It's surprising to see multiple no-hitters from such a green pitcher - only three have had fewer career wins entering their second no-hitter.
    Homer Bailey has thrown each of baseball's last two no-hitters. He's the sixth pitcher to throw consecutive no-hitters within MLB - Nolan Ryan did so twice.

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