Piscotty hits walk-off HR in 13th, Athletics win 5-4

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 08: Stephen Piscotty #25 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates a walk off home run during the thirteenth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 08, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

The Oakland Athletics are back on track after two special wins at the Oakland Coliseum.

After Mike Fiers tossed a no-hitter Tuesday, Stephen Piscotty hit a walk-off homer in the 13th inning on Wednesday to beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4.

Piscotty, a Pleasanton native, hit the game-winner off Robert Stephenson, a Martinez native. It was also Piscotty’s first career walk-off hit.

Former Athletic Sonny Gray had a rough outing in his first return to the Oakland Coliseum. He allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits, walked five and struck out three in just 4.1 innings. 

Jurickson Profar batted second for the first time this season and paid immediate dividends by taking Gray deep for a two-run homer in the bottom of the first.

Gray left a 3-1 fastball over the heart of the plate and Profar crushed it into the right field bleachers. The ball left the bat with an exit velocity of 104.5 mph and traveled a project distance of 425 feet.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 08: Jurickson Profar #23 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates a home during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 08, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

The lead was short lived as the Red batted around for four runs in the top of the second. 

Anderson issued back-to-back walks to open the frame. Kyle Farmer drove in the first run with a double down the left field line. Curt Casali tied the game with a ground out.

Jose Peraza singled up the middle to drive in the third run. After a single by rookie Josh VanMater, another rookie Nick Senzel drove in the fourth run with a single to right.

Anderson settled down and pitched six innings. He allowed four runs on five hits, walked five and struck out none.

The last Athletics starter with 6 IP, 5 BB and 0 K was Bobby Shantz in 1949.

Gray stayed out of trouble until the fifth when he was removed after Oakland loaded the bases with one out. 

Amir Garrett relieved Gray and struck out Matt Olson on eight pitches for the second out.

Piscotty then hit a grounder to the right side of the infield. Kyle Farmer ranged far to his left to retrieve the ball, but proceeded to throw wildly to first, allowing two runs to score.

Piscotty was credited with a single and an RBI. Farmer was charged with an error that allowed the tying run to score.

The game stay tied until Piscotty lined the fourth pitch he saw from Stephenson just over the out-of-town scoreboard in left. The homer was confirmed after an umpire review.

The ball was hit at a 19-degree launch angle with an exit velocity of 109.5 mph and traveled a projected distance of 392 feet.

Anderson and the bullpen held Cincinnati scoreless for the final 11 innings. The Reds held Oakland scoreless for 7.1 innings before Piscotty’s blast.

Liam Hendriks picked up his first win despite having warmed up in the second when Anderson was struggling. Stephenson suffered his first loss.

Khris Davis left the game in the fifth with lingering effects from the hip injury he sustained on Sunday. Kendrys Morales pinch-hit for Davis and hit a single to chase Gray from the game.

WP: Liam Hendriks (1-0, 1.77) LP: Robert Stephenson (2-1, 3.12)

Time: 3:58

Attendance: 9,096

Record: 17-21

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Fiers tosses second career no-no, Athletics beat Reds 2-0

OAKLAND, CA – MAY 07: Mike Fiers #50 of the Oakland Athletics has Gatorade poured on him by teammates after pitching a no hitter against the Cincinnati Reds at the Oakland Coliseum on May 7, 2019 in Oakland, California. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Cincinnati Reds 2-0. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

After a rough start to the season, Mike Fiers is pitching like an ace the Oakland Athletics expected him to be.

Fiers pitched his second career no-hitter and the 300th in MLB history to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 on Tuesday night at the Oakland Coliseum.

Fiers becomes the 35th pitcher to throw two no-hitters. The 33-year-old’s first no-no was on Aug. 21, 2015 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The no-hitter is the 13th in franchise history and eighth since the team moved to Oakland in 1968.

The game was delayed 98 minutes at the start due to a lighting malfunction in left field. Fiers finally threw the first pitch at 8:45 p.m.


Fiers retired the first 11 batters before Jesse Winker reached on an error by Matt Chapman. Winker sent a grounder up the middle. Chapman ranged to his left, but the ball bounced off the heel of his glove. The official scorer could have ruled it a hit, but Chapman is a Platinum Glover for a reason.

Fiers retired the next seven batters after the error before walking Eugenio Suarez on seven pitches to start the seventh. But Suarez was quickly erased on a 4-6-3 double play.

Fiers issued another walk to Puig, but Derek Dietrich popped out to Chapman to end the inning.

At this point, Fiers was already at 109 pitches and Lou Trivino was warming up in the bullpen. But Fiers needed only nine pitches to get through the eighth.

Fiers opened the ninth by inducing a pop out from pinch-hitter Josh VanMeter. For the final two outs, Fiers had to navigate through two of the premier power hitters, Votto and Suarez.

After falling behind 3-1, Fiers threw a strike before getting Votto to ground out to first baseman Matt Olson.

The final hurdle for Fiers was Suarez, who leads the Reds with 10 homers and 23 RBIs.

Fiers got a called strike one on an 88.1 mph fastball. Suarez fouled off a 90.2 mph fastball for strike two.

After two extremely high fastballs that Suarez didn’t chase, Fiers threw his best curveball of the night. Suarez never had a chance and the celebration was on.

Fiers threw 88 of 134 pitches for strikes against the Dodgers. He threw 83 of 131 pitches against the Reds. Fiers struck out six and lowered his ERA to 5.48.


No-hitters and perfect games are always preserved by great defensive plays. There were two in this game and they occurred on back-to-back pitches with one out in the sixth.

First, it was the much-maligned Jurickson Profar laying out for a diving catch on a popup into no man’s land in right by Kyle Farmer.

On the next pitch, Ramon Laureano made a leaping catch over the wall in left-center to rob a game-tying homer from Votto. Laureano made the play a few feet away from where he robbed Teoscar Hernandez of the Toronto Blue Jays 17 days ago.

OAKLAND, CA – MAY 07: Ramon Laureano #22 of the Oakland Athletics leaps for and catches a fly ball hit off the bat of Joey Votto (not pictured) of the Cincinnati Reds during the sixth inning at the Oakland Coliseum on May 7, 2019 in Oakland, California. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Cincinnati Reds 2-0. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

The offense did just enough for Fiers, scoring a run off starter Tyler Mahle in the second and Martinez native Robert Stephenson in the seventh.

With two outs and Stephen Piscotty on first, Profar lined a double down the right field line. The ball got past Yasiel Puig and rolled around in the corner.

Puig finally retrieved the ball and threw a strike to the cutoff man Votto, who relayed another strike to catcher Tucker Barnhart. The throw beat Piscotty to the plate, but Barnhart overreached, allowing Piscotty to slide home safely behind the tag.

Profar added an insurance run in the seventh with his third homer of the season. Stephenson left an 0-1 fastball down in the zone and Profar launched it over the wall in right-center.

OAKLAND, CA – MAY 07: Jurickson Profar #23 of the Oakland Athletics rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the seventh inning at the Oakland Coliseum on May 7, 2019 in Oakland, California. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Cincinnati Reds 2-0. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Mahle allowed one run on three hits, walked one and struck out eight in six innings. The 24-year-old dropped to 0-5 despite a solid 3.69 ERA. The Reds have provided Mahle with no run support (1.62) in his seven starts.


Olson returned after missing 34 games with a right thumb injury. The Gold Glover went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.


Fiers’ pitching counterpart for his first no-hitter was his now-teammate Brett Anderson. Anderson will start against the Reds on Wednesday.


WP: Mike Fiers (3-3, 5.48)

LP: Tyler Mahle (0-5, 3.69)

Time: 2:25

Attendance: 11,794

Record: 16-21

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