Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 10/21/14
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Last night, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey completed the second no-hitter of his career and the 280th of Major League Baseball, and like many before him, he needed help from the guys playing behind him. While Bailey deserves credit for dealing last night, striking out 9, and allowing just walk, it was first baseman Joey Votto who saved the day with a terrific heads up play in the 7th. With a runner on 2nd base, San Francisco Giants Buster Posey hit a chopper at Votto. It was Bailey’s cover at first, but he got a late start off the mound, and if Votto attempted to flip it to him, there is a solid chance that Posey would have reached on an infield single. Votto quickly decided to get the lead runner, instead, Gregor Blanco. Blanco attempted to move to third, not thinking that Votto would turn a force out at first into a fielder’s choice: That’s heads-up baseball, right there. Not only did it save a no-hitter, but it was just smart baseball. For all the diving and leaping catches, it is plays like Votto’s that need to be emphasized to young players out there. The right play is always [...]
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