Going into Tuesday night’s game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Oakland A’s, there had been exactly 299 no-hitters (including Postseason) thrown in Major League history. With Mike Fiers taking the mound for Oakland against Reds starter Tyler Mahle, few would expect that this game would produce the 300th no-hitter in big league history. Little did Fiers know that when he suited up for his start against the Reds, he would have made history by the game’s conclusion.
Fiers needed a staggering 131 pitches to complete the second no-hitter of his Major League career, the most pitches needed to complete a no-no since Fiers threw his first career no-hitter on August 21, 2015. Fiers needed 134 pitches to complete the first no-no of his career.
Despite the high pitch count, the game was mostly smooth sailing for Fiers…with the exception of the sixth inning. After retiring the first batter of the inning, a diving play by Jurickson Profar on a pop up to right kept the no-no alive. On the very next pitch to Joey Votto, Votto ripped a high drive out to left-center that would have cleared the fence had it not been for Ramon Laureano making an incredible catch to rob the home run and keep the no-no going into the seventh.
Fiers ended the 13th no-hitter in Oakland A’s history and the 300th no-no in baseball history with a breaking ball to strike out Eugenio Suarez with two outs on a 2-2 count in the top of the ninth.
Amazing. That’s really all I can really say,” Fiers told reporters. “Things like this just happen.”
Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin gave his take on Fier’s night after the game and was clearly impressed, especially after watching the game over on a highlight reel.
“One of the worst angles you can watch a baseball game from is the dugout,” Melvin said. “It looked great from the dugout. It looked even better when I saw some of the highlights today.”
Fiers was reportedly home in Alameda just after midnight was so amped up after his historic night that he didn’t get to bed until about 5 a.m.
“I had a lot of energy, couldn’t really sleep,” Fiers said. “I was getting back to everybody and reposting stuff on Instagram, just thanking everybody for following my career and what I do.”
Fiers had a record of 2-3 with a 1.54 WHIP and a 6.81 ERA prior to his historic night, which is the highest ERA for a pitcher at the time of a no-hitter since the stat was first recorded in 1913. Fiers also holds the third-highest career earned run average for a pitcher with two no-hitters. Fiers has allowed an average of 8.7 hits per nine innings pitched over nine seasons.
“I pride myself on being durable and healthy, a guy they can rely on every fifth day,” Fiers said. “I see myself as one of the top pitchers in the league, especially when I’m right. I can go deep in a game and keep guys off balance, always put our team in a great chance to win.”