The Seattle Mariners threw the 4th no-hitter of the season yesterday when they blanked the Dodgers 1-0 on Friday night in Seattle. The Mariners used 6 different pitchers to accomplish the feat, with Kevin Millwood getting the start. Millwood left with an injury after throwing a single warm-up pitch in the seventh inning, and the Mariners held the Dodgers hitless with a succession of Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen.
Here are some other quick notes from the game:
- The no-hitter was the third in Seattle Mariners history, following Randy Johnson and Chris Bosio.
- The was the 10th combined no-hitter in Major League Baseball history.
- The first combined no-hitter was thrown on June 23, 1917 by the Boston Red Sox. Babe Ruth started that game and was ejected by the home plate umpire for arguing after walking the lead-off hitter. Ernie Shore would come on in relief and retire the remaining hitters, but also caught the runner at first stealing.
- This is the 1st combined no-hitter since the Houston Astros performed the deed against the New York Yankees on June 11, 2003.
- In keeping the Astros theme, the Mariners tied the Houston record for using a combination of 6 pitchers to perform the task. Prior to that, the previous record had been four pitchers.
- This is the second no-hitter Kevin Millwood has been a part of, making him just the third pitcher to throw an individual no-hitter and combining on one. He joins Vida Blue and Kent Mercker in that regard.
- There has only been one instance of a combined no-hitter going into extra innings. That occurred on July 12, 1997, when Francisco Cordova of the Pittsburgh Pirates no-hit the Houston Astros for nine-innings and was relieved in the 10th by Ricardo Rincon, who completed the deed.