Judging by the box score, not much happened between the Oakland A’s and the Cincinnati Reds during their game Tuesday night. It was a slim 2-0 victory for the A’s, with single runs scoring in the bottom of the second and seventh innings.
It was an unusual game, to say the least. The game was delayed one hour and 39 minutes due to a light tower malfunction in left field. MLB was going to postpone the game, but the light tower turned on fully by the fourth inning.
Adding to the series of events, Mike Fiers wasn’t even supposed to pitch Tuesday evening. Why does that matter? Well, on a day where the lights weren’t working, the game started late and just over 11-thousand fans were in attendance, he tossed a no-hitter.
Fiers’ start was made possible after the A’s skipped over Aaron Brooks’ spot in the rotation.
“A bunch of stuff just happened and that’s how these things happen,” Fiers said. “You can’t really write these things up. Baseball is definitely a weird game.”
The A’s certainly needed a pick-me-up returning home from a terrible road trip. Before returning home, the A’s managed a pitiful 1-8 record during their recent road swing. They have seemingly gone from one of the best teams in baseball to five games below .500.
Fiers’ no-no didn’t come without the help of his defense. In the contest, he managed just six strikeouts over 131 pitches.
Jurickson Profar was able to chase down a ball in shallow right field, making a spectacular diving catch. It could have easily been the defensive play of the game, except he was one-upped by Ramon Laureano.
Joey Votto was on the verge of knocking a home run in the sixth inning, but Laureano leaped at the wall to make the catch and keep the no-hitter intact.
It was the 13th no-hitter in Oakland A’s history and was the 300th in MLB history. Fiers also became the 35th pitcher with multiple no-hitters in his career.
The A’s and Reds will meet again tonight with Sonny Gray on the bump for Cincinnati and Brett Anderson pitching for Oakland.