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 2003Kevin 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.

Jesus Montero and Tom Wilhelmsen celebrate after the Mariners tossed the 10th no-hitter in MLB history. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • 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

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– JE

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