After throwing a no-hitter in his last start, Sean Manaea entered the Oakland A’s history books once again on Friday. The left-hander completed 14 consecutive hitless innings before finally allowing a single to the Astros.
Manaea finished his April 15 start with two perfect innings against the Mariners, and then threw his nine-inning no-hitter against the Red Sox. That left Blue Moon Odom’s record in jeopardy entering Friday’s game in Houston.
Oakland #Athletics Consecutive Hitless Innings— Mike Selleck (@MikeSelleck) April 27, 2018
13.0John Odom, June 1-7, 1968
11.0Sean Manaea, April 15, 2018-present
11.0Guillermo Moscoso, September 2-7, 2011
11.0Ken Holtzman, June 4-8, 1975
11.0Vida Blue, September 21-26, 1970
11.0Ed Sprague, May 26-June 13, 1968
Against the Astros’ championship lineup, in their supremely hitter-friendly park, Manaea breezed through three perfect frames to surpass Odom’s record. The 4th inning opened with an error by shortstop Marcus Semien, and then with one out Carlos Correa grounded a single through the hole into right field. That was the first hit Manaea had allowed since Taylor Motter’s homer on April 15.
All told, Manaea recorded 45 outs between hits, which technically adds up to 15 innings worth of work. However, when it comes to consecutive-inning streaks like this, the general rule is usually to only count completed innings rather than cobbling together partial frames. Hence, the record in this context is 14 full innings. For what it’s worth, he also faced 49 total hitters between hits (including two walks, and two errors by Semien).
Congrats to Manaea on another piece of Oakland history!
Extra bonus: Along the way in these three games, Manaea out-dueled Felix Hernandez, Chris Sale, and Dallas Keuchel, facing a good Mariners lineup and great Red Sox and Astros lineups. He earned wins for the team and himself in each contest, and now leads all qualified AL starters with a 1.03 ERA. He’s sure starting to look like an ace.