Friday Leftovers: Bailey’s No-No, More Honors for Hamilton, Louisville Look-In

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After a recent skid knocked Cincinnati out of contention in the competitive National League Central division, it’s a good time to be a Red again. The good guys hold a 4-2 record since the last Leftovers with help from a three-game sweep of the Giants, closing the gap to three-and-a-half games behind the lights-out Pirates. Six high-level farmhands earned All-Star honors as pitchers across the organization tossed gems. Couple that with a one-game difference between Pensacola and first-place Mobile, and things are looking up as we dish out the newest Leftovers:

So nice, he did it twice

If you checked the record books last Friday, Major League Baseball would be able to account for 280 no-hitters since 1876. The Reds would recognize fifteen in their storied history. But on July 2, Homer Bailey went the distance for his second career no-no in a thriller against the San Francisco Giants.

Bailey becomes the third Reds pitcher with two no-hitters and joins an elite club of thirty-two pitchers with a pair or more. With nine strikeouts and only one mistake in the form of a seventh-inning walk, the 27-year-old hurler enjoyed a banner night in front of a friendly Cincinnati crowd. His first came on the road in Pittsburgh’s PNC Park on September 28, 2012. Check out the box score and enjoy the video below:

Hat trick for Hamilton

Billy Hamilton continues to earn accolades even though a sore wrist has benched him for a week. The former Wahoos phenom continues an four-year streak as the speedster found himself on another All-Star roster Wednesday morning. Hamilton has received top honors from five leagues in his professional career: the Pioneer League (2010), Midwest League (2011), California League (both midseason and postseason in 2012), Southern League (“Best Hustler” in 2012), and finally the International League have cited the former Fish as one of the circuit’s best.

Add last week’s Futures Game nod and the Man of Steal seems to be poised for another monstrous campaign.

All-Stars across the heart of the Reds system

The results are in, but the results of fan voting for the Midsummer Classic will be announced in prime time tomorrow night. With fingers crossed for Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto, here are the All-Stars in the top two levels of the Reds organization short of Cincy and some of their latest stats:

LOUISVILLE

OF Billy Hamilton: .247 AVG, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 49 SB
RHP Greg Reynolds: 10-0, 2.44 ERA

PENSACOLA

C Tucker Barnhart: .256 AVG, 2 HR, 23 RBI
RHP Tim Crabbe: 3-6, 3.53 ERA
RHP Chad Rogers: 3-2, 2.20 ERA
RHP Josh Smith: 7-6, 3.47 ERA

Heartwarming Tweet of the Week

Former Wahoos reliever and father-to-be Lee Hyde tugs at our heartstrings this week:

Highlight Reel: we dig the long ball

Extra (base) effort from Marquez Smith
The early bird gets the worm: Lohman’s first-frame blast
Team player: Mattair drives in a run
Yorman Rodriguez just won’t stop
Yet another Y-Rod clip: Saturday’s RBI single
Multi-HR week for Lohman and Smith

Big League Wahoos

Tony Cingrani, CIN: With Johnny Cueto out of the equation following another injury, the southpaw was thrown into the fire last Friday with a hasty relief outing against the Rangers. The ace got the loss, but Cingrani took most of the heat; he walked six batters with only three strikeouts, allowing three earned runs on four hits. His fortunes were a little better on Wednesday, allowing a pair of earned runs and finding his proper strikeout-to-walk ratio. He narrowly missed a quality start as he left with a one-run deficit, but a tally in the home half sealed a no-decision. The Redlegs finally claimed victory with a walk-off single in the eleventh inning.

Didi Gregorius, ARI: In a trying week for the shortstop, Gregorius continues to struggle at the plate. In five games since the last Leftovers, the fan favorite managed a mere 2-for-15 line with a solitary run. This isn’t to say that Gregorius has stopped hitting; the 23-year-old Red-turned-Diamondback struck out just once in eighteen plate appearances.

Curtis Partch, CIN: Partch remains on the active roster but hasn’t thrown since June 25. He was the only relief pitcher who wasn’t used in Wednesday’s extra-inning barnburner.

Snacks

>> Have a night, Shaun Ellis: Independence Day starter featured on MiLB.com
>> Happy birthday, Tony Cingrani
>> The Bats Signal weaves the incredible life story of Felix Perez
>> Blog Red Machine has GIFs from Bailey’s gem
>> Who are the Dayton Dragons’ Players of the Month?
>> New at the ballpark: the D-Lutz Deluxe
>> All-Star Central: North and South Division rosters

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