Giants’ left fielder Jarrett Parker was forced to leave Saturday’s Giants-Rockies game after he made a warning track catch in the fourth inning and collided with the left field wall, breaking his clavicle in the process. Parker fell to his knees after the collision and had to be helped off the field. Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy doesn’t have a timetable for Parker’s return, but expects him to miss some time during the recovery process.
According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, there is currently no replacement slated to take Parker’s place in left field. Most of the Giants’ outfield backups are unavailable or injured, including Mac Williamson (quadriceps injury) and Mike Morse (hamstring injury). That leaves Aaron Hill, who subbed in for Parker during Saturday’s 5-2 loss, as well as Chris Marrero and Gorkys Hernandez, though none have played well enough to earn a permanent starting role this year. It’s possible that the Giants will solicit outside help, which could lead them back to veteran left fielder Angel Pagan, who remains unsigned after electing free agency last November. NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic also speculates that the club could utilize 40-man options like Kelby Tomlinson or Orlando Calixte, though that would require putting Parker on the 60-day disabled list.
Parker was hitless at the plate on Saturday while Colorado right-hander Tyler Chatwood worked 5 2/3 innings of a perfect game. He’s 3-for-21 on the season with one triple in nine games with San Francisco.
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.