Last week after an ugly start Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong seemed shocked to learn that people were speculating about his rotation spot being in jeopardy.
He struggled again yesterday, allowing eight runs (only three earned) in two innings, falling to 1-4 with an 8.06 ERA. This time around Vogelsong mostly just seemed at a loss to explain why he’s fallen apart after two very good seasons, telling Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com:
It’s not always sunshine and roses out there, you know? You’ve got to find a way to play through it and get outs. … Things have got to turn in my favor eventually. I shattered two bats. I mean, I sawed them off and they went for two hits. You’ve just got to ride it out, make the best pitch possible every pitch.
Meanwhile, manager Bruce Bochy seemed uncertain about what to do with Vogelsong, stopping short of saying his rotation spot is safe. San Francisco’s defense definitely didn’t do Vogelsong any favors yesterday, but he’s allowed at least six runs in four straight starts and hasn’t turned in a Quality Start since April 19.
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.