An MLB no-hitter is special on any night, but the one thrown Saturday by A's left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea was especially unexpected given the circumstances.
Manaea not only dominated in front of a home crowd at the Oakland Coliseum, striking out 10 batters, he toppled a Red Sox team that entered the game a red-hot 17-2 and that had scored a total of 34 runs in its previous four games.
Manaea's no-hitter was the 12th in A's history. Meanwhile, Boston hadn't been on the losing end of a no-hitter since 1993, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
As such, Saturday night was a big surprise for many A's fans and baseball followers. Here's some of what people had to say on social media.
Sean Manaea throws the seventh no-hitter in Oakland A's history and does so against a team that had won 17 of past 18 games, was averaging six-plus runs per game. A's win 3-0 over Boston. Ten Ks for Manaea.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) April 22, 2018
Sean Manaea, drinks are on us!— Evan Daniel (@mrevandaniel) April 22, 2018
- Yankees fans
Sean Manaea no-hits the Red Sox. So, yes, they are beatable.— Jamie Campbell (@SNETCampbell) April 22, 2018
The Red Sox were 17-2 and off to one of the hottest starts in MLB history.— Steve Angelovich (@angelsteve89) April 22, 2018
The Red Sox just got no hit by Sean Manaea.
“That’s baseball Suzyn”
Sean Manaea has thrown a no hitter against the Boston Red Sox. What an incredible moment for him and these A's fans.— Julian McWilliams (@JulianMack105) April 22, 2018
1. Red Sox have historic start, lose opening day then go 17-1— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) April 22, 2018
2. Face A’s, losers of 11 of first 20
3. Sean Manaea of A’s, with no career Complete Games, no-hits Red Sox
4. For the unexpected, for the “any given night,” Baseball remains the greatest game pic.twitter.com/oJYRG2Andi
Congrats to our very own Sean Manaea, starting pitcher for the Oakland A’s.— Andrean High School (@AndreanHigh) April 22, 2018
Manaea made history tonight throwing a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox!!!@seanmanaea
The Red Sox might have 17 wins but tonight, they got zero hits and I will enjoy every last second of it. Thank you Sean Manaea for making my Saturday night that much better and congrats on history.— Jake Montgomery (@JakeM0NTGOMERY) April 22, 2018
Sean Manaea no-hits the Red Sox, who came into tonight 17-2. You really can’t predict ball.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) April 22, 2018