The only thing that could have been worse for the Pirates than losing their 81st game of the season to ensure a losing year would be if it was lost in grand fashion. And that's exactly what happened at PNC Park on Friday night in Pittsburgh.

Facing the Reds' Homer Bailey, who had sported a career 2.83 ERA against the Pirates, the right-hander was un-hittable against Pittsburgh's lineup. Literally. Bailey needed 115 pitches to make history and throw a no-hitter. Not since August 14, 1971 had the Pirates been no hit. That came against St. Louis’ Bob Gibson at Three Rivers Stadium. Since then the only teams to avoid being no-hit longer are Cincinnati (since Rick Wise no-hit them on June 3, 1971) and the Chicago Cubs (since Sandy Koufax's perfect game on September 9, 1965).

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