Mike Fiers Throws First No-Hitter of 2019

May 10, 2019, 11:47
Mike Fiers Throws First No-Hitter of 2019

The Athletics' first-round pick in 2011 went 44-36 with a 3.42 ERA in 114 games (112 starts) over 4 1/2 seasons for the A's, including 25-20 with a 3.50 in 60 starts in Oakland. Fiers retired the next batter, Yasiel Puig, to keep the no-no intact.

Fiers didn't walk a man until Suarez leading off the seventh, and he was instantly erased on a double play grounder from Profar to Marcus Semien to Matt Olson. As a journeyman who's ERA for the season is at 5.48 despite nine shutout innings, Fiers couldn't help but reflect on how far he's come and how he's managed to put himself in such exclusive company with his second no-hitter.

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"Just glad they got those lights working", Fiers said on the broadcast after the game.

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"We kept it loose in the clubhouse - playing cards, playing a little basketball, just having doing fun, doing what we do and being Oakland A's", Fiers said. "I told him I felt great".

The 33-year-old Fiers is just 57-58 with a 4.11 career ERA. Second baseman Jurickson Profar made a diving catch on Kyle Farmer's popup into short right field for the second out, prompting Fiers to throw up his arms in celebration.

This was the 13th no-hitter in the history of the Athletics franchise, which started in Philadelphia, moved to Kansas City and shifted to Oakland.

The first no-hitter of the 2019 season didn't come without tense moments as Fiers was bailed out by back-to-back great defensive plays in the sixth inning.

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Fiers told Watney the delay didn't bother him.

Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Homer Bailey and Arrieta are the other active big leaguers with two no-hitters. The game's start was delayed for work on the lights.

"I didn't know what was happening", he said, according to MLB.com. Their game against the San Francisco Giants on Monday in Cincinnati was briefly halted in the first inning due to a swarm of bees. The lights started to work once the game got underway, and the game was played without further delay.

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