CINCINNATI -- The play that will go down as the one that saved Homer Bailey's no-hitter Tuesday night is one that didn't require much thought.
With one out and a runner on second in the seventh inning, Buster Posey hit a ground ball to first baseman Joey Votto. Bailey was late breaking to the bag, but Votto didn't need him. Instead, Votto threw the ball to third, where Todd Frazier tagged Grego Blanco for the second out of the inning.
"Instincts," Votto said simply when asked about the play, which was ruled a fielder's choice.
On Tuesday, Bailey said he thought he had Posey beat if Votto chose to go to first. Votto, though, knew Blanco would be on the move and was able to get the lead runner and not put the no-hitter in jeopardy.
"Anybody would run [in that situation]," Votto said. "Any ground ball on the right side, you're supposed to run from second to third."
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.