Sixcess – Mariners Throw Historic Combined No-Hitter
Last night was one of those baseball moments that you can’t fully grasp what exactly you just saw. The Mariners used 6 pitchers (no, that is not a typo) to record the third no-hitter in club history, the 10th combined no-hitter in Major League history, and first since 2003. Kevin Millwood was in control, allowing only one baserunner (walk) through 6.0 no-hit innings, but something happened as he took the field for the 7th inning. It turned out he strained his right groin, and the no-hitter was turned over to the bullpen. What happened from there as a nail-biting finish to a game that saw the Mariners not only beat the team with the best record in the Majors (the Dodgers), but throw a NO-HITTER.
Here are some fun facts and photos from last night’s historic game at Safeco Field. Thanks to the hard-working statistical gurus at the Elias Sports Bureau, and for great photographs from Getty Images and the Associated Press.
- Six Seattle Mariners pitchers combined to no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 1-0 victory June 8 at Safeco Field for the 10th combined no-hitter in Major League Baseball History…was the first combined no-hitter since 2003, and since that time, 5 of the 21 perfect games in Major League history have been thrown.
- Kevin Millwood (6.0 IP), Charlie Furbush (0.2 IP), Stephen Pryor (0.1 IP), Brandon League (0.2 IP) and Tom Wilhelmsen (1.0 IP) each had a hand in tying the MLB record for most pitchers used in a no-hitter…the half-dozen pitchers used matched the mark set by the 2003 Astros, who also used six in an Interleague no-hitter on June 11, 2003 against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
- Mariners No-Hitters – Was the third no-hitter in Mariners history, joining Randy Johnson (June 2, 1990 vs. Detroit) and Chris Bosio (April 22, 1993 vs. Boston).
- Best Record in Baseball No-Hit – Marked the fourth time since 1900 that the team that entered the day with the best record in baseball was no-hit (minimum 50 games into the season). The Dodgers were the first since the June 11, 1990 when the Oakland Athletics were no-hit by Nolan Ryan and the Texas Rangers. (Elias Sports Bureau)
- Kevin Millwood threw 6.0 no-hit innings before leaving with a mild right groin strain…Millwood, who threw a no-hitter April 27, 2003 with Philadelphia against San Francisco, is the fourth pitcher to throw a complete-game no-hitter and be part of a combined no-hitter, joining Vida Blue, Mike Witt and Kent Mercker. (Elias Sports Bureau)
- Interleague No-Hitters – Was the 6th no-hitter in Interleague play (since 1997), and first since Edwin Jackson for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 vs. the Tampa Bay Rays.
- No-No & No-No – Seattle is only the second team since 1992 to have a no-hitter thrown against them and throw a no-hitter in the same season (Philip Humber perfect game April 21)…Tampa Bay also turned this daily double in 2010…Dallas Braden and Edwin Jackson threw no-hitters against the Rays and Matt Garza threw one for them.
- Jesus Montero, at 22 years, 193 days, became the 7th-youngest player to catch a no-hitter since 1900… he became the since current Mariners Special Assistant to the GM Ted Simmons (22 years, 5 days old) caught Bob Gibson’s gem for St. Louis at Pittsburgh on Aug. 14, 1971. (Elias Sports Bureau)
Combined No-Hitters in MLB History (10):
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
Roy Oswalt (1), Pete Munro (2 2/3), Kirk Saarloos (1 1/3), Brad Lidge (2) Octavio Dotel (1), Billy Wagner (1), Houston at N.Y. Yankees, June 11, 2003, 8-0
Francisco Cordova (9) and Ricardo Rincon (1), Pittsburgh vs. Houston, July 12, 1997, 3-0, 10 innings
Kent Mercker (6), Mark Wohlers (2) and Alejandro Pena (1), Atlanta vs. San Diego, Sept. 11, 1991, 1-0
Bob Milacki (6), Mike Flanagan (1), Mark Williamson (1) and Gregg Olson (1), Baltimore at Oakland, July 13, 1991, 2-0
Mark Langston (7) and Mike Witt (2), California vs. Seattle, April 11, 1990, 1-0
John Odom (5) and Francisco Barrios (4), Chicago (AL) at Oakland, July 28, 1976, 2-1
Vida Blue (5), Glenn Abbott (1), Paul Lindblad (1) and Rollie Fingers (2), Oakland vs. California, Sept. 28, 1975, 5-0
Steve Barber (8 2-3) and Stu Miller (1-3), Baltimore vs. Detroit, April 30, 1967 (first game), 1-2
Babe Ruth (0) and Ernie Shore (9), Boston Red Sox vs. Washington, June 23, 1917 (first game) 4-0