Homer Bailey's no-hit bid over, game still tied 1-1

Marco Scutaro finished the season with a 74-for-73 stretch, and he was one of the Giants' hottest hitters. I don't have the exact numbers, but those are close enough. In the playoffs, though, he was 0-for-10 in the NLDS so far, despite a couple of line-drive outs.

So it's only fitting that he's the one to break up the Homer Bailey no-hitter, knocking a clean single to right field:


If you're thinking Votto was playing pretty far off the bag, that's because he was. The Reds have been employing all sorts of extreme defensive shifts, and the Giants have been hitting the ball right into them all series. There's some office monkey or advanced scout in Cincinnati who deserves a raise. But it can't work every time, and this time the quasi-shift didn't work.

Also of note: With nine strikeouts so far, Homer Bailey has tied the franchise record for strikeouts in a playoff game. The only other two to do it are Jose Rijo (1990) and Hod Eller (1919), the latter of whom was playing against people actively trying to lose. Good company, Giants.

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