I know after reading this headline you were probably thinking that the same moron who wrote that Bo Belinsky‘s no-hitter was in the first Angels’ season (it was the second) has now totally lost his marbles. But it turns out the game yesterday between the Cubs and the Reds and started by Ryan Dempster and Homer Bailey was Hall of Fame worthy.
According to our friends at the Elias Sports Bureau, this was the first time two starting pitchers have faced each other on their birthday in big league history. Bailey turned 26, Dempster 35 and for their birthday the Hall of Fame gave them some baseballs to sign (they then had to give the balls back).
Dempster went eight shutout innings and allowed three hits. He walked one and struck out six. Bailey went six innings and allowed three runs on nine hits. He walked one, struck out four and true to his first name allowed three solo homers.
But neither pitcher got the decision thanks to Cubs closer Carlos Marmol who gifted the Reds with three 9th inning runs. Marmol faced five batters in the 9th allowing one hit, one player reaching on an error and three walks and was charged with three runs, one earned. Marmol threw 18 pitches, just six for strikes, and has blown three of his five save chances, walking 12 in 8.2 innings.
The Reds won 4-3 in the 10th on a Scott Rolen sac fly.
Ryan Dempster is 0-1 on the season. He has not won in 13 starts. His ERA this season is 0.95.
You can be sure their were numerous scouts at this game.