MORNING PIRATES BUZZ
History was made Friday night at PNC Park for the Pirates and the Reds.
In the Reds 1-0 shutout win, Reds starter Homer Bailey threw the first no hitter against the Pirates since Bob Gibson threw one in 1971. For the Pirates (76-81), they made their own bit of history, clinching their 20th straight losing season, the longest mark in major North American professional sports history.
Bailey’s magical night on the mound saw him only get stronger as the game went on. He averaged 90 mph on his fastball through three innings and 90.6 in the middle three, and then Bailey went up to 92.1 over the final three innings. The Pirates struggled mightily against Bailey’s fastball.
“He kept throwing fastball up and away and breaking balls down and in, and it was just an effective combination, ” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of Bailey. Bailey collected 19 outs with his fastball and threw it for strikes 76 percent of the time.
How good has Bailey been against the Pirates? All three career complete games in his career have all come in Pittsburgh. Bailey’s now 5-0 with a 1.40 ERA against the Pirates and has the lowest ERA of any pitcher who has made at least five starts at PNC Park.
A.J. Burnett was good on Friday night but not good enough. Burnett went 8 innings, allowing seven hits and one run, striking out five and walking one. “The way A.J. pitched, it was going to take almost nothing short of a no-hitter to beat him,” Hurdle said. The Pirates have lost 8 of Burnett’s last 10 starts and the team overall, has lost 21 of 27 games, falling five games below .500 with five games left in the season.