The Oakland Athletics’ Sean Manaea no-hit the Boston Red Sox for the 297th no-hitter in MLB history, one year ago today.
On Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Manaea struck out 10 and walked two en route to a 3-0 no-hit victory. Another Red Sox base runner reached base in the fifth inning on an error by A’s shortstop Marcus Semein, who failed to make an over-the-shoulder snag of a fly ball that could have easily been called a hit. Manaea had assumed it was ruled a hit, so he didn’t realize his no-hitter was still intact until the eighth inning.
Manaea was the beneficiary of another generous call in the sixth inning on what appeared to be an infield single by Andrew Benintendi, whose roundabout head-first slide into first avoided a tag by first baseman Matt Olson. The umpires huddled up and ruled that Benintendi left the baseline and they called him out.
Also on this date, the Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta no-hit the Cincinnati Reds three years ago today.Arrieta walked four and struck out six on April 21, 2016, as the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 16-0 at Great American Ballpark. It was Arrieta’s second no-hitter, with his last coming just eight months earlier on Sunday, August 30, 2015, when he no-hit the Dodgers for a 2-0 win at Dodger Stadium.
And seven years ago today, on Saturday, April 21, 2012, the Chicago White Sox’s Philip Humber threw a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field for a 4-0 win. Humber struck out nine batters and completed the feat using just 96 pitches.