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What they’re saying about the Mariners’ combined no-hitter

Jun 9, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

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Kevin Millwood, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen combined for a no-hitter in a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers last night.

It was the 10th combined no-hitter in major league history and the first since six Astros combined to no-hit the Yankees on June 11, 2003. It was the third no-hitter thrown by the Mariners in their 35-year history and their first since Chris Bosio did it on April 22, 1993 against the Red Sox.

Here’s some reaction to the unique feat:

Jeff Sullivan of Lookout Landing: “It’s such an anti-history way of going about things. So much is lost when a guy who’s throwing a no-hitter has to be removed. Much of the charm is gone, and the fans watching resign themselves to the reality that they won’t see one guy turn in a legendary performance. But then you remove the guy who replaced the first guy, and then you remove the guy who replaced the second guy, and then you remove the guy who replaced the third guy, and then you remove the guy who replaced the fourth guy, and you go all the way back around again to being incredible. The Mariners have a twelve-man pitching staff. Half of them combined to no-hit a team.”

Jesus Montero, via the Associated Press: “He was surprised,” said Montero, referring to Wilhelmsen. “He 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. He was so focused on the game. That’s what happened.”

Tim Wilhelmsen, via ESPN.com: “Well, I mean, I knew what was going on. But no, I have a brain fart every so often and just focused so hard on getting one thing done. It’s not like you forget, but it’s like you put it off to the side. And then it’s like, ‘Holy cow, we just did it,’ and Montero is in my arms. And then it’s, ‘Holy Cow, we just did it!’ ‘HOLY COW, WE JUST DID IT!’ Something like that. It’s there; it just takes a minute to get it, pick it out and place it in.”

Kevin Millwood, via MLB.com: “I’m excited, I’m excited for all these guys who came into the game out of the bullpen. I guess it’s a little bit more exciting for those guys when they can be a part of it. I wasn’t very happy when I came out of the game, and it took me a couple innings to get a little excited about it, but those guys got all the tough outs.”

Brendan Ryan, via MLB.com: “Wow, he can really fly,” said Ryan, referring to the close play on Dee Gordon in the ninth inning. “I got it cleanly, I got to it quick, I thought, and got it out of my glove. It was a decent throw. I’m still shocked it was that close.”

Jim Caple of ESPN.com: “Consider this: The man who started it (Kevin Millwood) is a 37-year-old journeyman who watched the final three innings on TV in the clubhouse while undergoing treatment for a sore groin. He didn’t even get the win because the game was still tied at 0 when he left. The winning pitcher (Stephen Pryor) is a 22-year-old rookie who was in Triple-A Tacoma the last time the Mariners played a game in Seattle. And the reliever on the mound at the end (Wilhelmsen) is a former bartender. Man, baseball is great, isn’t it?”

  1. fearlessleader - Jun 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Great game, great story. But I was SO hoping that the LA Times would put an asterisk in their headline.

    • ralphe32 - Jun 9, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      An asterisk for what? A call that didn’t go their way? There could be an asterisk on just about every no-hitter/perfect game if that was the case.

      • fearlessleader - Jun 9, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        Sigh. It was a joke. Should have known the sensitive Mets fans would be along to fly into a rage. (That was another joke! Except not really.)

  2. blazertop - Jun 9, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Never thought the Astro record would be tied. Baseball……hang around long enough and the unexpected will happen.

  3. yaryers - Jun 9, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    When 6 pitchers are used for a no-hitter, much of the credit should go to the catcher. They said Jesus Montero can’t catch, that he should be moved to 1b or be DH. So what does he do? He goes out and calls a no-hitter. I’m sure he’s put a few doubts to rest.

    The best part of it all? Yankees fans are probably cursing Brian Cashman right now.

    • atlrod - Jun 9, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      I know one baseball game is enough for me to completely change my mind. Absolutely.

      • yaryers - Jun 9, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        I appreciate the sarcasm. I did say that he put “a few” doubts to rest. Not all. It’s almost impossible to put a cynical prick’s doubts to rest.

    • badintent - Jun 10, 2012 at 4:13 AM

      you’re right, never liked the trade. Cashmen not right mentally after sleeping in tent on street. I’m gonna fire his rabbi.Montero is a young gun and future stud hitter. He’s needs to go to a hitter friendly park though. Rockies ?????

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