Sean Manaea no-hit the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night, as the Oakland Athletics defeated the Red Sox by a final score of 3-0.
Manaea got through the game without giving up a really hard hit ball, only allowing two walks over the nine innings pitched. The closest the Red Sox came to a hit was in the sixth inning, on an Andrew Benintendi dribbler up the first base line.
Benintendi was originally called safe, which would have been Boston’s first hit, but after the umpires conferenced, they ruled Benintendi was out of the baseline. He was called out because of that, and Manaea got out of the sixth inning.
The only other dangerous play was a blooper into short left field, which Marcus Semien couldn’t grab. It was ruled an error, so it didn’t cost Manaea his shot at history.
Following a Blake Swihart groundout and a Mookie Betts flyout to start the ninth, Manaea walked Andrew Benintendi to bring up Hanley Ramirez. Manaea got Ramirez to ground into a 6-4 fielders choice, sealing his historic outing.
Despite a plethora of flirtations with no-hitters, Manaea’s game was the first completed no-hitter of 2018. Manaea’s no-hitter is the first in the MLB since Edinson Volquez blanked the Diamondbacks last season, and the first no-hitter of an American League team since Hisashi Iwakuma no-hit the Orioles in 2015.
Coming into this game, the Red Sox had the second longest streak of not getting no-hit, which sat at 3,987 games. The last time Boston was no-hit was 24 years and 364 days ago when Chris Bosio blanked them as a member of the Mariners. Incidentally, the team with the longest no no-hit streak is Oakland.
Manaea’s no-hitter is the first for the A’s since Dallas Braden’s perfect game on Mother’s Day in 2010. This is the 297th no-hitter in Major League History, and the seventh by the A’s since their move to Oakland.