No-no! A’s Fiers throws second career no-hitter, beats Reds

Fiers entered the game against Cincinnati with a 6.81 ERA but masterfully sliced through a lineup featuring the likes of Joey Votto, Yasiel Puig and Eugenio Suarez.

"It was a great night obviously for him, for our fans, everyone wants to see a no-hitter", Melvin said.

According to the Elias Sports Buereau, that's the highest ERA of any pitcher with at least 25 innings pitched to throw a no-hitter.

It's also is Fiers' second no-hitter. As a journeyman who's ERA for the season is at 5.48 despite nine shutout innings, Fiers couldn't help but reflect on how far he's come and how he's managed to put himself in such exclusive company with his second no-hitter. Fiers issued two walks in the frame, with a double play in between, and ended up throwing 17 more pitches to go to 109 for the game.

"Amazing plays", Fiers told MLB Network's Heidi Watney in a postgame interview. I'm just thankful for him to leave me in and trusting me.

"I had to tell Bob I'm good".

The 33-year-old Fiers (3-3) raised his lifetime record to 57-58. "I was just focused on playing my game".

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The third and fourth near misses occurred on back-to-back pitches in the sixth inning. But this one is special in another regard: it was utterly improbable and the 300th no-no in Major League Baseball history. The first came from second baseman Jurickson Profar, who had to run into shallow right field and make a diving catch in the 6th inning.

Fiers appreciated his manager sticking with him. He easily worked through the next two innings and finished at 131 pitches.

Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Homer Bailey and Arrieta are the other active big leaguers with two no-hitters.

"It's always tricky late in a game like that when a guy has a bunch of pitches", said Fiers.

For starters, how often are no-hitters thrown after almost a two hour delay.for a lighting malfunction? Those lights began to flicker on as the game started.

The Reds will hope they packed the bats that demolished San Francisco pitching to the tune of 15 home runs and 37 runs in a four-game home series that ended Monday.

  • Lawrence Cooper