After the start time was delayed by an hour and thirty eight minutes due to malfunctioning lights, both starting pitchers were lights out in this one. Tyler Mahle was probably excited to not be matched up against Noah Syndergaard, but Mike Fiers pitched about as well as one can. He threw baseball’s 300th no hitter, the first since James Paxton did it exactly one year ago against the Blue Jays. Congrats to Mike on his second career no-hitter.

Mahle came into the game with the worst run support of any pitcher in the league who has made at least four starts (1.5 runs per game). Despite pitching well (again), he could not find a way to give up negative runs. Because of this, the Reds lost.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (15-21) 0 0 1
Oakland Athletics (16-21) 2 5 1
W: Fiers (3-3) L: Mahle (0-5)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Statcast

Key Plays

Run Production

After putting up 37 runs against the Giants, the Reds could not manage a single hit against the Athletics. Mike Fiers was not pitching well coming into this game either. Just one of those days for the feast or famine Reds offense.

In the 2nd inning, Yasiel Puig crushed a ball 398 feet with a 103 mph exit velocity but could not quite get it out of the park. It had an 86% hit probability according to Statcast. Puig has been hitting the ball hard this year with not much to show for it. He currently has the largest gap between SLG (0.367) and xSLG (0.438), as well as the largest gaps between BA/xBA and wOBA/xwOBA. Bottom line, his hits (and home runs) will come.

With two outs in the top of the 6th, Votto banged a 395 foot shot to center field but was robbed of a home run by Ramon Laureano. The ball had a 103 mph exit velocity and a 62% chance of being a hit. Really nice contact but a better defensive play.

A 7th inning walk by Suarez was immediately erased by a Jesse Winker double play. Puig followed that up with a walk but Derek Dietrich popped up to end the inning. That would be the last threat the Reds would pose.

Run Prevention

Despite allowing a couple hits and a run early on, Tyler Mahle looked really, really good on the mound. He controlled the top of the zone with his signature command of his fastball and also kept his curveball down, getting really nice break on the pitch. Matt Wilkes thought the curve looked sharper than in Mahle’s previous starts. Definitely an encouraging sign for Mahle as he continues developing his pitch arsenal.

Mahle’s final line was 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. His FIP/xFIP was 0.97/1.91, bringing his yearly numbers down to 3.32/3.09. He has a 3.69 ERA. That will do, Tyler.

Jose Iglesias helped out his pitcher on the first ball in play with a nice double play, fielding the ball between 1st and 2nd (Reds were in the shift) and tagging the runner before throwing to Joey in one smooth motion. Can’t say enough about this guy’s defense.

Oakland got on the board first in the second inning after Mahle allowed a single to Kendrys Morales and then a double to Jurickson Profar. The Reds relay from Puig to Votto appeared to be in time, but Barnhart lunged past the sliding runner, expecting him to go wide, and missed the tag.

Puig made a nice diving catch to end the 5th inning, diving to catch a Marcus Semien line drive with an 80% hit probability.

Jurickson Profar came through again with a home run in the 8th inning off of Robert Stephenson. It was the first homer Bob Steve has allowed this year. He also gave up an even harder hit line drive out to Nick Senzel with a 90% hit probability. Not his best inning of the season. He did come back out in the 8th and get two strikeouts.

Other Game Notes

Joey Votto popped up to second base to lead off the game. Talk about a bad omen for the offense.

On a lighter note, Derek Dietrich is legit

Random Thoughts

Up Next

The Reds take on the Athletics for Game 2 of the series tomorrow. Same time (hopefully 10:10 EST and not 11:45 EST), same place. Sonny Gray takes on Brett Anderson.

24 Responses

  1. Hanawi

    Personally I think it’s pretty poor job by MLB of scheduling and then allowing this game to go on after the delay. Starting at midnight eastern time after a team travels multiple times zones to get out there? That’s crap.

    • Jeff Gangloff

      I’m not sure who on the Reds made the decision to play this game tonight (today), but its inexcusable. I would have refused to play.

  2. Gonzo Reds

    Brutal. Well at least we didn’t have to misuse our closer in this one. Let’s see… add his record to Mahle’s to Grey’s and you get 1-14. Ugh!

    More fun to watch this year but not tonight that’s for sure.

  3. Big Ed

    A David Bell team never misses a chance to sink to the occasion.

    If pinch-hitting VanMeter for Farmer was the right move in the 9th (3rd time through the order), then why did Bell not start VanMeter?

    • Big Ed

      I’m not blaming the no-hitter on Bell, but Bell made the decision to play Farmer instead of VanMeter, and then in the 9th inning pinch-hit VanMeter for Farmer.

      I don’t see any logic in that at all.

    • Big Ed

      Green Mountain, the point was why start Farmer? VanMeter has played much more 2B, so you have to figure he is the better defender. And then Bell pinch-hit for him in the 9th, which would indicate that even Bell thought that VanMeter was a better hitter. So, if VanMeter is a better hitter and a better fielder, why was Farmer starting?

      God forbid that the guy having the best year in all of AAA would get to actually play, when you have a 28-year-old utility player ready.

  4. Mason Red

    Any no no thrown against this team should be shown with an asterisk in the history books.

  5. Reddawg12

    The Reds just can’t seem to string together any more than a couple of wins at a time. The Giants and the A’s are not even that good. After this west coast trip, it’s 4 straight series against the Cubs, Brewers, Dodgers, and Cubs again. It could start to get real ugly here soon.

    • David

      Start? Well, I guess that is perspective.

  6. DK in Erie Pa

    I think it’s officially rock bottom. Blown leads of 8 and 4 runs, at home, then no hit by a pitcher with an ERA of 5+ all within a week. It could be worse, it could be raining

    • CP

      Fascinating how a team that went 2-3 during that 5 game period has hit “rock bottom”. Good golly, Reds fans are some of the most miserable fans to be around these days.

      • Amarillo

        Rock Bottom is where the Marlins are right now. This is far from rock bottom. We still have a +21 run differential.

  7. Kap

    This won’t be the only time the reds get no hit this season. Mark my words

  8. Alex

    Feeling pretty salty today. I’ll be over in the corner waiting for the rest of Reds nation to give up on this team. 5 seasons, 5 last place finishes.

    • Big Ed

      It’s over. The definition of “over” is being no-hit by Mike Fiers. We watch because it is our lot in life; we can’t change who we root for anymore than we can change our mothers.

      This team has a lot of guys who like to play baseball but haven’t shown the same affinity for playing winning baseball. The players ought to be frothing mad about how they are playing, but they aren’t.

  9. David

    Somebody has to be blamed. You can’t really fire all the players. Well, they did let Kemp go, and sent Schebler down, and Peraza may be following.
    So yeah, it was all Bell’s fault.

  10. Big Ed

    Can you explain why RH Farmer started at 2B and not LH VanMeter? VanMeter is the better fielder, having played much more at the position. In the 9th, the Inscrutable One pinch hit VanMeter for Farmer. If VanMeter was the better offensive option in the 9th, why wasn’t he the better offensive option from innings 1-8?

  11. Roger Garrett

    Just hope the stink is gone before first pitch tonight.Just no words to describe such a poor performance by a major league team hitting against a pitcher that couldn’t start on 25 of the teams in the league.Nothing would have been said about the travel,lights,field condition,etc etc if they had won.Mahle was good enough again but the offense never showed up again.Potential for this offense is there but until they do it well we will continue to talk about.Same story tomorrow?Guess we shall see.Bell has less then 40 games as a manager and this is not on him.

  12. CP

    It’s not particularly significant but Fiers has actually has reverse splits for his career, 105 tOPS+ versus right-handed batters and 94 tOPS+ versus left-handed batters.

  13. T Bone

    Really disappointing. This OAK/SF stretch was their chance to boost record before 11 games vs Cubs/LA/Mil, and they can’t get out of their own way. Going to be >10 games out by June 1, I’m afraid.

  14. TR

    It seems like Alameda County has always been a tough place for the Reds to play except for the World Series sweep of 1990.

  15. Scooter

    Getting ready to go on IL with a back issue.

  16. Derriz

    The Dietrich antics give a chance for some entertaining baseball cards.