Ranking the No-Hitters of Sean Manaea, Mike Fiers and Homer Bailey

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OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 21: Sean Manaea #55 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates after pitching a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum on April 21, 2018 in Oakland, California. The Athletics won the game 3-0. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 21: Sean Manaea #55 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates after pitching a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum on April 21, 2018 in Oakland, California. The Athletics won the game 3-0. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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3. Mike Fiers vs Los Angeles Dodgers, Aug. 21, 2015

HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 21: Mike Fiers #54 of the Houston Astros celebrates after tossing a no-hitter en route to the Astros defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 at Minute Maid Park on August 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 21: Mike Fiers #54 of the Houston Astros celebrates after tossing a no-hitter en route to the Astros defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 at Minute Maid Park on August 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) /

Keeping with the trend, Mike Fiers’ first no-hitter, a tight 3-0 win at home, was the best of his two.

The most strenuous of the bunch – 134 pitches (the most of the five) and a high of three walks (each coming in one of the first three innings) – also tied for the lead with 10 strikeouts, six of which came in the final three frames, including a 13-pitch eighth in which he struck out the side and a swinging K of Justin Turner to end the outing.

After allowing a leadoff walk in the third and getting that runner out on a fielder’s choice, Fiers retired the final 19 batters, featuring only two outfield flyouts and no ball that had much of a chance to drop for a hit.

No fantastic defensive plays were needed, but Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Jake Marisinick played strong behind 6-foot-2 Fiers.

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