Their first shot at it will make major league history.
The Giants and Reds both had pitchers throw no-hitters this year — Matt Cain had a perfect game for San Francisco. When Bailey starts on Tuesday, it’ll mark the first time two players that threw no-hitters in the regular season pitch on opposing teams in the same playoff series, according to STATS LLC.
The Reds put themselves in position for a sweep by overcoming the loss of ace Johnny Cueto to a bad back in the first inning of the opener, then pulling out a 5-2 win. They won 9-0 on Sunday night behind Bronson Arroyo’s seven crisp innings, then tried to get a few hours of sleep on the overnight flight back to Ohio.
The plane landed at 6:48 a.m., less than an hour before the sun came up.
“I slept on the plane, got here, got my stuff, got breakfast (at a restaurant) and went back to bed, slept a couple of hours and made myself get up,” outfielder Drew Stubbs said. “Not an ideal amount of rest, but hopefully I get to catch up on it tonight.”
Stubbs, Bailey and a few other Reds showed up at the ballpark in the afternoon for a light workout. Stubbs ran a few pass patterns as players threw a football on the field.
The Giants stayed overnight on the West Coast and flew in during the afternoon, trying to get a little needed sleep in their own beds. Probably wasn’t very restful — only four teams have overcome a 2-0 deficit in the division series.
Manager Bruce Bochy couldn’t tell by what he heard on the flight to Cincinnati that his team was down to its last loss.
“I think more than anything, they were relaxing back there, doing what they normally do,” Bochy said. “Some guys were playing cards. We did have some family on the trip and they were watching movies. There was really nothing any different than any trip we take. So I can’t say I noticed anything different about it.”