Athletics starter Sean Manaea gave Mike Brosseau a smirk as the Tampa Bay Rays’ third baseman stood on second base.
Brosseau had just broken up Manaea’s no-hitter in the top of the eighth before the A’s walked off with a 2-1 win. The two were former teammates at Andrean High School in Merrillville, Ind. The smile and exchange had more meaning.
"I'm sure he will let me hear about it tomorrow," Brosseau told NBC Sports California, laughing.
Manaea felt a certain way about it too, but he did admit it stung a bit more coming from Brosseau.
“Very much so,” Manaea said. “It’s just how it works out. It’s crazy. I can’t even put into words that he was the guy to get a hit, but he smoked it so, good for him.”
“I gave him a little side-eye, but it’s just one of those things,” Manaea added. “I have the utmost respect for him. In the moment, I mean it sucked, but it happens. At the end of the day, we got the win.”
Manaea had a perfect game going through six frames until he walked Randy Arozarena to begin the seventh inning, and despite the Brosseau hit, he dazzled.
In 7 1/3 innings, Manaea struck out 10, walked one, gave up only two hits and allowed one run. He said he felt by as early as the third inning he knew he had something special going.
“The game was going by pretty fast and I was, I felt a little bit different today, I felt a lot more … momentous -- if that’s a word,” Manaea said. “Just carry myself out there, just going out there and just repeating it and before I knew it, just the third inning, fourth inning, fifth inning, definitely started feeling it during those innings for sure.”