OAKLAND — Because the franchise’s inception in 1901, the A’s have recorded 13 no-hitters. The way in which Frankie Montas was carrying himself on Thursday afternoon, it positive appeared like he was on a mission so as to add to that complete.
Via the primary seven innings of Oakland’s 2-1 loss to the Mariners on the Coliseum, Montas’ dominance on the mound was met with little resistance from Seattle’s lineup. His no-hit bid was in the end denied after Adam Frazier slashed an opposite-field single to left with two outs within the eighth inning. Nonetheless, it was a stellar efficiency from Montas, who registered eight strikeouts throughout eight pristine scoreless innings, permitting simply two hits and two walks.
With the last-place A’s scuffling via a rebuilding season, Montas is anticipated to be an elite commerce chip forward of the Aug. 2 Commerce Deadline. Given the stuff he displayed on Thursday, it’s simple to see why groups are eagerly inserting calls to Oakland’s entrance workplace with provides to amass his companies.
Pitching on 5 days of relaxation, Montas’ blazing fastball appeared to have much more zip than ordinary, maxing out at 99.1 mph. That velocity remained regular all through. His 102nd and ultimate pitch of the day, which induced an inning-ending groundout out of J.P. Crawford within the eighth, was clocked at 98.5 mph. Decreasing his ERA to three.21 on the yr, Montas ranks second amongst AL starters in innings pitched (89 2/3), fifth in strikeouts (92), eleventh in WHIP (1.08) and twelfth in opponents’ batting common (.225).