The A's only needed to wait one year and 16 days between no-hitters.
Just over a year after Sean Manaea's perfect game, A's starter Mike Fiers pitched a no-hitter in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Fiers threw 131 pitches, and allowed just three baserunners (one error, two walks) over nine shutout innings at the Oakland Coliseum.
Issues with the left-field lights delayed Fiers' start by 98 minutes, but the 33-year-old finished off his second career no-hitter at 11:10 p.m. PT when he struck out Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez swinging.
Fiers, then with the Astros, no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 21, 2015. On that day, he also allowed three baserunners (three walks) on 130-plus pitches (134, to be exact) in a home game against an interleague opponent.
The last batter he faced that day? Third baseman Justin Turner. The final out? A swinging strikeout.
But it doesn't end there.
Go with me here.
Mike Fiers: First pitcher to throw a second NH since Jake Arrieta 2015-16.
Fiers' second one was against the Reds.
Arrieta's second one was against the Reds.
Final out of Fiers' second one: Eugenio Suarez.
Final out of Arrieta's second one: Eugenio Suarez.— Doug Kern (@dakern74) May 8, 2019
Whether that's destiny or merely a series cosmic coincidences, not even a light delay could get in Fiers' way Tuesday.