The Oakland Athletics’ Mike Fiers tossed his second career no-hitter on Tuesday, the 300th of such feats in major-league history.
Fiers, who threw 131 pitches, walked two, struck out six and yielded zero hits en route to a 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. It was a late night, as a malfunctioning light tower in left field delayed the start time by an hour and 38 minutes.
Two defensive gems helped keep a zero in the Reds’ H column. With two outs in the sixth, second-baseman Jurickson Profar ran out to right to make a diving catch on a Kyle Farmer blooper. Then, in the next at-bat, Joey Votto launched a ball poised to clear the left side of the center-field fence, but Ramón Laureano pulled it back in for the inning’s third out.
Fiers wore uniform No. 50 for this second no-no, joining Kent Mercker in the No. 50 club. His first no-hitter came on Friday, August 21, 2015 when Fiers was a member of the Houston Astros wearing No. 54. In that game, he threw 134 pitches to no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park for a 3-0 win.
The last Oakland Athletics no-no was thrown 1 year, 16 days ago by Sean Manaea, a 3-0 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum. The last no-no against the Cincinnati Reds was 3 years, 16 days ago by the Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta, s 16-0 win at Great American Ball Park on Thursday, April 21, 2016.