Sean Manaea tosses first no-hitter of 2018 against the Boston Red Sox
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Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea no-hit the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night en route to a 3-0 victory over the team. With the loss, Boston drops to 17-3 while Oakland advances to 10-11 with the win. The game was played at Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, Calif.
In 9 innings of work, the Manaea allowed zero hits and runs, along with 10 strikeouts and 1 walk. The last out was recorded on a Hanley Ramirez groundball to shortstop, which was flipped effortlessly to second to get the force out. It was the first no-hitter of the 26-year-old’s career and the first of the 2018 season. Moreover, his effort snapped Boston’s eight-game winning streak.
An Andrew Benintendi soft groundball to first baseman Matt Olson nearly derailed the no-hitter in the top of the 6th. Initially, he was ruled safe, having evaded Olson’s tag down the first base line. The umpires convened and ruled that Beni was out of the baseline while trying to avoid the tag, meaning he was an automatic out.
Red Sox starter Chris Sale delivered 7 innings of work, allowing 3 earned runs as well as 10 strikeouts and a walk.
While Sale pitched well, Manaea stole the spotlight and deservingly so.
The Boston Red Sox take on the Oakland Athletics at 4:05 p.m. eastern time on Sunday. David Price will take the mound for Boston and Daniel Mengden will do the same for Oakland. It will be the rubber match of the three-game set.