“I gave her a little sidelong eye, like of course it was you,” Manaea said.
Yes, Manaea’s former high school mate and teammate netted the brace for the lead in the eighth inning for Tampa Bay to shatter the left’s quest for a career scorer second, then Seth Brown hit a late homerun. game as the Oakland Athletics beat the Rays. 2-1 Friday night.
“It was definitely something there, a smirk, a little back and forth,” said Brosseau. “I hope to think that if there was a guy to break up, he would want it to be me.” “
Manaea failed to pitch baseball’s second goalscorer of the night after following compatriot Wade Miley gem for Cincinnati in Cleveland.
Manaea and Brosseau were teammates at Andrean High in Merrillville, Indiana. They usually meet for team meetings every off season.
“That’s just how it works. It’s crazy. I can’t even say in words that he was the guy to get a hit but he smoked it so good for him, ”Manaea said. “… The greatest respect for him. “
Brown’s RBI single broke up a scoreless game in the late seventh, then Tampa Bay chased Manaea.
Brown again delivered against Jeffrey Springs (2-1).
Jake Diekman (2-0) recorded two strikeouts in the ninth for the win.
Mike Zunino managed to tie the single after Brosseau’s hit. Then, after Kevin Kiermaier’s call on the third movement, Manaea gave way to reliever Yusemeiro Petit.
Manaea, who threw a hit on April 21, 2018 against Boston, pushed a fist after his strikeouts – 10 in all to match his career – and took a small step out of the mound to rally between the batters. He allowed just those two hits and the walk while throwing 81 pitches in 7 1/3 innings.
Manaea, 29, didn’t allow a baserunner until Randy Arozarena took a first step in the seventh, when right fielder Stephen Piscotty later made a nice catch on the warning track on the pointy flyball of Brandon Lowe.
Manaea’s quest came two years to the day after teammate Mike Fiers launched his second career without a hitting against the Reds in Oakland – and on Mother’s Day 11 years ago, A’s left-hander , Dallas Braden, had a perfect game against Tampa Bay here at home. .
Manaea dazzled in a pitching duel with Rich Hill, who didn’t allow a six-innings run against his former club before the A’s got through to Andrew Kittredge.
“The starters might not have their best command right away. These two guys seemed to have it, ”A. coach Bob Melvin said. “As the game progressed, it looked like the first team to score could have a good chance of winning. It ended up being a bit more dramatic at the end. Sean ended up giving up a few hits but we saw him at times very good including the no-hitter and I think it’s probably the same he had tonight like he did when he threw the no-hitter – maybe even a little better from the start. “
For the soft-spoken southpaw, finishing this one might have helped ease the sting of losing the 2019 AL wild card game to the Rays on their last visit to the Oakland Coliseum.
He grew from that experience, noting, “This moment will always be with me. “
The hardest hit ball early on came over Manuel Margot’s ground-out in the third in the fourth inning which traveled 92 mph.
“Let’s go, Manaea! Fans shouted from the crowd of 5,058 people.
The win certainly came at the right time for the defending champions AL West A after being outscored 19-8 in their last two games by Toronto.
The Rays were coming off a four-game Angels sweep and saw their winning streak shattered to five, which is their best unbeaten streak of the season.
Hill went 9-3 in 14 starts for the As in 2016 before being distributed to the Dodgers on the trade deadline.
Oakland faced a sixth straight left-hander and saw a southpaw for the eighth time in nine games and the 11th in 14.
It was the fifth of seven meetings between the clubs in two weeks after parting from a four-game game in Tampa last week.
Spokes: C Francisco Mejia was scratched due to discomfort in his left side but it was not considered serious. “We anticipate at the moment that it will be a very minor thing,” manager Kevin Cash previously said.
Athletics: OF Chad Pinder (sprained left knee) ran the basics of his baseball job on the field and could still go into rehab as early as this weekend. … Ramon Laureano got a break from the playing field to be the designated hitter.
RHP Tyler Glasnow (4-1, 2.06 ERA) launches Tampa Bay against Oakland right-hander Frankie Montas (3-2, 5.87).