Saturday, June 09, 2012

mariners throw a no-hitter as starting pitcher relieves himself

It was a highly unusual game for a number of reasons. With the last LA Dodger out in the bottom of the ninth, only the catcher, Jesus Montero, realized immediately what had just happened: six pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter.

After starter Kevin Millwood took himself out of the game with a pulled groin muscle at the beginning of the seventh inning, he was relieved by (in order) Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League, and Tom Wilhelmson.

Because the 1-0 score was such a fragile lead, none of the pitchers thought about the no-hitter aspect as much as they did just hanging on. And for long-suffering Mariners fans, who are used to one-nothing final scores, but with their formerly light-hitting team on the wrong end, this was a turnabout to remember.

And I've been looking for an opportunity to use that headline for a long time.

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