Did we mention that Cubs manager Mike Quade is in over his head?
Quade told Ryan Dempster he was finished after the fifth inning of Saturday’s game against the Pirates, and Dempster went off on him. Quade gave right back, and the screaming match continued until Dempster made his way to the tunnel.
Dempster had a 5-3 lead when he was pulled after 87 pitches. The earlier-than-expected removal likely had a lot to do with him missing his last start due to a stomach ailment that sent him to the hospital last weekend.
The Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan points out that Dempster was the first to lobby for Quade as a full-time manager after he replaced Lou Piniella on an interim basis last September. If even Dempster has soured on him now, it wouldn’t seem to bode well for Quade’s future in Chicago.
It was Dempster’s shortest outing since he was torched for seven runs in one-third of an inning by the Diamondbacks on April 28.
Athletics southpaw Sean Manaea delivered his first career no-hitter against the Red Sox in a decisive 3-0 victory on Saturday night. Any thought of a perfect game was banished in the first at-bat, when Mookie Betts drew a leadoff six-pitch walk to open the first inning. From there, Manaea was nearly flawless, holding the Sox to four total baserunners and striking out 10 of 30 batters faced — a career record.
Manaea was gifted a three-run lead thanks to RBI doubles from Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty and Marcus Semien‘s solo shot off of Chris Sale in the fifth inning. While the Red Sox managed to draw two walks off of Manaea, they didn’t come anywhere close to plating a run. Andrew Benintendi tried to break up the no-no in the sixth inning with an infield hit down the first base line, but strayed out of bounds and later saw his hit reversed on a call of batter interference.
Entering the ninth inning, the 26-year-old lefty was sitting at just 95 pitches through eight frames of no-hit ball. He quickly deposed Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts with a groundout and fly out, then walked Benintendi on seven pitches. Any threat the Red Sox might have posed was soon eliminated, however, as Hanley Ramirez ground into a force out to complete the no-hitter.
Manaea is the first A’s pitcher to toss a no-no since Dallas Braden’s perfect game against the Rays eight years ago. The last time the Red Sox were on the losing end of a no-hitter was also against an AL West rival, when the Mariners’ Chris Bosio clinched a 2-0 no-no on April 22, 1993. Manaea’s feat is even more outstanding given how dominant the Red Sox have looked this season: prior to Saturday’s defeat, they boasted a 17-2 record and had yet to be shut out during the regular season.