Saturday, June 9, 2012

How Many Seattle Mariners Does It Take To Throw A No-Hitter? It Took Six

Usually you don’t call pitching a no-hitter a team effort.  It took six Seattle Mariner pitchers to keep the Los Angeles Dodgers hitless Friday night at Safeco Field.

Here’s the final out of the game.

Kevin Millwood started the game and threw six no-hit innings against the Dodgers.  When Millwood came out to the mound to throw the seventh inning he quit after one warm-up toss.  It turns out Millwood left the game due to a mild right groin strain.

Here’s Millwood explaining the injury. (Note: Whoever shot this needs to take a class in shooting video.)

After Millwood exited the game Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen kept the no-hitter intact.  Wilhelmsen had the honor of closing out the no-hittter.

Stephen Pryor was credited with the win as Dodger starter Nathan Evovaldi was keeping the Mariners scoreless.  Evovaldi threw six innings allowing just 5 hits.
It was the first career win for Pryor, a rookie.

The six pitchers used by the Mariners is the most used.  It was also the 10th combined no-hitter in baseball history.  The first one by the 1917 Boston Red Sox Babe Ruth was the starter.

Mariners 2012: Kevin Millwood (6 innings), Charlie Furbush (2/3), Stephen Pryor (1/3), Lucas Luetge (1/3), Brandon League (2/3), Tom Wilhelmsen (1), Seattle vs. L.A. Dodgers, June 8, 2012, 1-0.

2003: Roy Oswalt (1), Pete Munro (2-2/3), Kirk Saarloos (1-1/3), Brad Lidge (2) and Octavio Dotel (1), Billy Wagner (1), Houston at N.Y. Yankees, June 11, 2003, 8-0.
1997: Francisco Cordova (9) and Ricardo Rincon (1), Pittsburgh vs. Houston, July 12, 1997, 3-0, 10 innings.

1991: Kent Mercker (6), Mark Wohlers (2) and Alejandro Pena (1), Atlanta vs. San Diego, Sept. 11, 1991, 1-0.
1991: Bob Milacki (6), Mike Flanagan (1), Mark Williamson (1) and Gregg Olson (1), Baltimore at Oakland, July 13, 1991, 2-0.

1990: Mark Langston (7) and Mike Witt (2), California vs. Seattle, April 11, 1990, 1-0.
1976: John Odom (5) and Francisco Barrios (4), Chicago (AL) at Oakland, July 28, 1976, 2-1.

1975: Vida Blue (5), Glenn Abbott (1), Paul Lindblad (1) and Rollie Fingers (2), Oakland vs. California, Sept. 28, 1975, 5-0.
1967: Steve Barber (8-2/3) and Stu Miller (1/3), Baltimore vs. Detroit, April 30, 1967 (first game), 1-2. (lost game)

1917: Babe Ruth (0) and Ernie Shore (9), Boston Red Sox vs. Washington, June 23, 1917 (first game) 4-0.

Mike Ferreri has the details on a tweak and the finish...
((HT: KOMO-TV Seattle))

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