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Oakland A’s fans almost got treated to a no-hitter on Friday, as Sean Manaea carried one into the 8th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays. Unfortunately it was broken up by Mike Brosseau, Manaea’s former high school teammate.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the majors that same night, another lefty starter was making a similar bid and managed to finish it off. Wade Miley threw a no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds, in a 3-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Miley issued just one walk, and in the same inning a batter reached on an error, but both runners were stranded. Every other frame was perfect, with eight strikeouts overall. He needed 114 pitches to complete the gem. Click here for the box score.

The southpaw has also thrown an immaculate inning in his career, in 2012. That’s the term for retiring the side on nine straight strikes for three strikeouts, and it’s even more rare than a no-hitter.

As for this latest feat, he had some incredible inspiration.

This is already the fourth official no-hitter of the 2021 MLB season, after Joe Musgrove (Padres), Carlos Rodon (White Sox), and John Means (Orioles), and that’s not counting the seven-inning effort by Madison Bumgarner (D’Backs). The only other MLB season with four such games by May 7 was 1917, when there were five, per MLB’s Sarah Langs.

Rodon’s no-no was also against Cleveland, making this the second time they’ve been no-hit this year. Only the 1917 White Sox have ever had that happen within their first 31 games of a season, per MLB statistician Jessica Brand.

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What are your thoughts on this, Athletics Nation?