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The Seattle Mariners pitching staff just no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team with the best record of MLB. The Mariners won the game 1-0 on a Kyle Seager single in the 7th.
It is the fourth no-hitter of the 2012 season. Philip Humber, Jered Weaver and Johan Santana have all thrown no-hitters this season with Humber having thrown a perfect game. Of course, the Mariners were on the wrong end of Humber’s perfect game. Interestingly, Brian Runge was the home plate umpire in both Humber’s perfecto and in this combined no-no.
Kevin Millwood pitched six innings of no-hit ball. But when he was warming up during the 7th, Millwood injured his groin and could not carry on. Millwood isn’t a stranger to no-hitters. He threw one on April 27, 2003 for the Philadelphia Phillies against the San Francisco Giants. Still, coming out of the game had to be literally and figuratively excurciating.
The Mariners bullpen rose to the occasion. Charlie Furbush pitched two-thirds of an inning, Steven Pryor (who was credited with the win) and Lucas Luetge each pitched a third of an inning, Brandon League pitched two thirds of an inning while Tom Wilhelmsen got the final three outs for the save.
It is the first combined no-hitter since the Houston Astros pulled it off against the New York Yankees on June 11, 2003. Oddly enough, the Astros no-hitter came just over a month after Millwood’s no-hitter against the Giants.
Tonight’s no-no combo comes exactly one week after Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in New York Mets history. It is worth noting that Santana was on the mound tonight against the Yankees. However, Johnny Vander Meer he wasn’t. Santana surrendered back-to-back-to-back homeruns to Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher and Andrew Jones in a 9-1 loss to their crosstown rivals.
Back to the Mariners, this is the third no-hitter in franchise history. Randy Johnson threw one against the Detroit Tigers on June 2, 1990 and Chris Bosio hurled a no-hit game against the Boston Red Sox on April 22, 1993. All three Mariners no-hitters have been in Seattle although this was the first thrown at Safeco Field.
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