CINCINNATI This season hasnt been an easy one for Ryan Hanigan. The Reds catcher came out of spring training banged up and then hit the disabled list before the first month was completed because of a strained oblique muscle.
A sore left leg kept him out of the lineup for nearly a week until getting the start Monday, and his batting average, well, it hasnt seen the north side of .200 for a long time.
Its been a battle but its easy not to feel pain when youre having a night like tonight, said Hanigan on Tuesday night after catching Homer Baileys second no-hitter in nine months.
Bailey faced just one batter over the minimum as the Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 3-0 at Great American Ball Park. Only a leadoff walk to Gregor Blanco on a 3-2 pitch in the seventh inning kept him from pitching the second perfect game in Cincinnati franchise history.
These are the kinds of games that are expected out of players drafted in the first round, as Bailey was by the Reds in 2004 as a Texas hig...