Hand up, I wasn’t awake for this. I had to find out via the good ol internet this morning.
Mike Fiers, starting pitcher for the Oakland A’s, threw his second career no hitter and the 300th total no-hitter in MLB history Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds. In a really strange turn of events, the game started 98 minutes late due to a “lighting malfunction” and seemed to not effect Fiers in any way. Even with the game starting as late as it did, Fiers continued on and grinded out the game without missing a beat.
It wasn’t all easy, as it usually isn’t but there was a crucial moment in the game during the 6th inning with Joey Votto up to bat and swung at the first pitch and hit a deep drive out to centerfield. Unfortuantely for Votto, there is a man named Ramon Laureano patrolling the outfield and also happens to be one of the best outfielders in the game today. Laureano reached over the wall to bring the ball back for an inning ending/game saving catch. I’m sorry I’m a bit technologically deficient and not able to copy the video and post it, but if you have Twitter, go on the Oakland Athletics official page and it is on there. The play was fucking unbelievable and you have got to give it a look. It will only be about 30 seconds of your time. It’s worth it.
The last inning of the game went by pretty quickly and Fiers completed the no-no having thrown in 131 pitches, the most since- yuhp, Fiers himself back in 2015 when he threw his first no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers while pitching for the Houston Astros. Fiers came into the game with an ERA of 6.8, which, thanks to ESPN for doing a little soul searching for me, was the highest ERA for a pitcher to throw a no-hitter in a game with at least 25 innings pitched.
Fiers joins Max Scherzer, Jake Arrieta, Homer Bailey, and some guy named Justin Verlander as the only active pitchers with two no-hitters. Hopefully this will be the start of some good things to come for Fiers and the A’s who are currently last in the AL West division sitting at 16-21. No-hitters are always a good time. Thank you.