The Seattle Mariners are now down in history as one of the few teams to ever pitch a no-hitter. Even more rare, they did it with the help of six different pitchers.
The Mariners, who were the victim of the first no-hitter this season against the White Sox, are now the fourth team of the season to claim the feat. The last time the Ms saw a no-hitter was in 1993 with Chris Bosio, and before that in 1990 with Randy Johnson.
Kevin Millwood, the game’s starting pitcher, swept through six innings with 68 pitches and only one walk before retiring after feeling a twinge in his groin while warming up for the 7th. Millwood stated, according to The Seattle Times, that:
“Those guys got all the tough outs. First six, it is what it is. I’ve seen a lot of people do that. From seven, eight, nine – those guys got all those outs and that was special to see.”
Sports Illustrated reports that the six pitchers (Kevin Millwood, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen) tied the record for the most pitchers in a no-hitter. Mariners catcher Jesus Montero recalled after the game that:
“[Wilhelmsen] didn’t know. I jumped on him and I was like, ‘Hey it’s a no-hitter!’ And he went ‘What?!’ And then he was so happy after that.”
USA Today reports that Seattle Mariners Manager Eric Wedge commented:
“When you win a one-nothing game in that fashion, so many different people have to step up defensively and on the mound, and that’s what you saw tonight.”
The only score in the game came from Mariners Ichiro Suzuki, when he beat out a grounder, stole second, and then scored on a two-out single hit by Kyle Seager, who is the A.L. leader in RBIs with two outs, according to AOL Sporting News.