It is almost as if his teammates expect him to pitch a no-hitter every time Homer Bailey walks to the mound, so they lay down their arms, leave their bats in cold storage.
Ever since Bailey pitched his no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants his Cincinnati Reds teammates have failed to give him any offensive support.
He has lost four straight since the no-hitter, including Friday night’s 2-1 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Of course, few teams muster much damage against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw and that certainly was the case in Dodger Stadium Friday.
He came into the game leading the National League in ERA (2.15) and batting average against (.184) and the Reds did no damage to those numbers.
Kershaw won his 10th game, holding the Reds to one run and six hits, walking none and striking out eight.
Bailey was almost as good over seven innings — two runs, seven hits, one walk, five strikeouts — but was administered his 10th loss.
Call him Hard Luck Homer.
Making matters worse, the Reds knew early in the game that both the division-leading St. Louis Cardinals and the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates lost, so they could have captured some ground. But failed.
All the damage against Bailey was done in the sixth inning. Adrian Gonzalez opened the inning with a single and Hanley Ramirez drove one into the left field seats for a 2-0 lead, the only two runs Kershaw needed.
It was the first home run hit against the Reds in the first six games of this trip — and deadly damaging.
The Reds scored their only run in the seventh on a double by Brandon Phillips and a single by Jay Bruce.
Other than that they had few opportunities and couldn’t convert the few they had.
Joey Votto doubled with two outs in the first inning and has been on base in 37 straight games. But Phillips grounded out.
Corky Miller led the third with a single, but Bailey was permitted to swing away and grounded into a double play.
Chris Heisey doubled off center fielder Andre Ethier glove to open the fourth — the Dodgers play defense as if they are playing dodgeball. But Heisey never budged because Votto struck out, Phillips grounded out and Bruce struck out.
Pinch-hitter Derrick Robinson doubled off the third base bag with one out in the eighth, but neither neither Shin-Soo Choo nor Heisey could advance him.
Kershaw left after eight and the Dodgers brought in closer Kenley Jansen, a converted catcher, to close it out.
And he closed it solidly, dismissing the filet mignon of the Reds’ batting order like chopped liver. After getting Votto to fly to left, he blew away both Phillips and Bruce on strikeouts, the third strikeout of the game for Bruce.