Sunday, April 22, 2018

Game 20: Red Sox at Oakland Athletics (April 21, 2018)

Well, now we know what it takes to slow this Red Sox team down...a no-hitter! One day shy of being exactly twenty-five years since they were last no-hit, the Red Sox couldn't muster a single hit against A's pitcher Sean Manea and only got on base twice via walks. On a night against this frankly poor A's roster and with Chris Sale pitching, surely no one saw this coming. Sale went seven innings and struck out ten but gave up three runs early in the game. Manea, however, went the distance, also striking out ten with only the two walks keeping him from a perfect game. There's really not much to say about this game other than a tip of the cap to Manea for his performance and wondering how and why the Sox bats suddenly fell so silent. 

When I think about it, it's remarkable that a team as talented and playing as well as the Red Sox were actually no-hit to snap their eight game winning streak. That's baseball for you...such a quirky game that something extraordinary like this can happen to a great team in the middle of a crazy run of success. I'm interested now to see how they respond in the series finale!

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