Oakland Athletics pitcher and Indiana native Sean Manaea pitched the league’s first no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night as the Athletics defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-0 at Oakland-Alameda County Stadium in front of a crowd of 25,746. Sean Manaea defeated Boston ace Chris Sale and benefited from offensive plays from Marcus Semian, Stephen Piscotty and Jed Lowrie. The Red Sox came into the game as the league’s hottest team winning their last eight games. NBC Bay Area provides full coverage of the no-hitter here:

In the bottom of the first inning, Jed Lowrie doubled to left center allowing Marcus Semien to score, the A’s went up 1-0 on the Red Sox. In the bottom of the third inning, Stephen Piscotty doubled to right center allowing Marcus Semien to score his second run of the game, the A’s took a 2-0 lead. On the bottom of the fifth inning, Marcus Semien homered to deep left centerfield to make the score 3-0 in favor of the A’s. Marcus Semien accounted for all of the Athletics three scores.

The 26-year old Manaea struck out 10 batters on a total of 108 pitches en route to the organization’s first no-hitter since 2010 when Dallas Braden pitched a perfect game. The last time the Red Sox were victims to a no-hitter was in 1993 when Chris Bosio defeated the Red Sox 7-0 allowing 11 hits and striking out 4 batters.

The no-hitter does come with some controversy attached to it. Boston’s Andrew Benintendi reached first base with an infield single that was later ruled out by running outside of the baseline. A’s shortstop Marcus Semien dropped a ball hit by Sandy Leon which was eventually ruled an error and could have easily been ruled a hit. Depending on who you ask, some can argue that the umpires helped in Manaea’s no-hit bid.

The no-hit performance will be one for the ages and will forever put Sean Manaea in a special class as one of only a handful of pitchers to have no-hitters in their careers.


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