Sean Manaea gets doused in Gatorade by teammates after a no-hitter.

We have the first no-hitter of the 2018 MLB season, and it comes from an unexpected source; 26-year-old Oakland Athletics’ lefty Sean Manaea. Manaea took the mound at home for the 9-11 A’s Saturday against the super-hot Boston Red Sox (17-2 heading into the game) and ace Chris Sale, but he wound up winning that pitching duel, striking out 10 and walking just two over nine innings in a 3-0 win. Here’s the final out:

And he had a great reaction:

Manaea’s teammates had quite the post-game celebration for him, first hitting him with a shaving cream pie and then dumping two coolers (one of water and one of Gatorade) over him:

And this was a very impressive no-hitter. As MLB director of baseball research and development Daren Willman noted, the Red Sox didn’t make much contact off Manaea:

And they’re a team that’s historically been very hard to post no-hitters against:

This is Manaea’s third season in the majors, and he’s been quite impressive. He posted a 3.86 ERA in 2016 and a 4.37 last year (going 12-10 along the way), and  had a ERA of 1.63 heading into this game. While his FIP has been higher (4.08, 4.10 and 4.12 respectively), he’s definitely shown some solid stuff for the A’s. And this was a remarkable performance from him, and one few probably expected against the on-fire Red Sox. But he came out dealing Saturday, and posted the 12th no-hitter in A’s franchise history in the process.

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