Mike Fiers overcame an early delay and a high pitch count to throw the second no-hitter of his career.
Fiers also got help from two spectacular defensive plays as the Oakland Athletics defeated the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 on Tuesday night.
“Amazing. That’s really all I can really say,” he said. “Things like this just happen.”
A bank of lights in left field was only partially lit before the scheduled start of the game, leading to a delay of more than 90 minutes.
Then after getting through seven innings with 109 pitches, Fiers was told by Bob Melvin that one more baserunner would end his night. He easily worked through the next two innings and finished at 131 pitches.
“I’m just really thankful for him leaving me in and trusting me,” Fiers said. “I told him I felt great. I felt like everything was working. It wasn’t a matter of being tired. I had adrenaline at that point.”
He’s just the 35th pitcher to throw multiple no-hitters.