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I don't know about you, but when I hear Kevin Millwood's name these days, the term "no-hitter" is the first thing I think of.
The funny part is that I'm actually being serious. Millwood pitched a no-hitter when he was with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2003, and he was the man who started for the Mariners when they pitched their combined no-no against the Los Angeles Dodgers back on June 8.
For his part, Millwood was limited to only six innings thanks to a groin injury, leaving Seattle's relievers to take it the rest of the way.
To this end, Mariners manager Eric Wedge didn't mess around. He used five relievers to cover the last three innings. Charlie Furbush got two outs, Stephen Pryor got one out, Lucas Luetge got one out, future Dodger Brandon League got two outs and Tom Wilhelmsen got the final three outs to polish the no-no off.
In all, there were three walks and nine strikeouts. Of the 114 pitches thrown by Seattle hurlers, 71 were strikes.
So why is Seattle's no-no all the way down on this list?
Well, naturally, it wasn't all that difficult as far as no-hitters go.
The fact that Wedge worked the matchups with his relievers cheapens the whole thing, in my opinion, as it means that much of Seattle's no-no had less to do with actual dominance and more to do with simple confusion.
In a normal no-hitter, hitters get to face the same pitcher three or four times without having to worry about having to adjust to a whole new arm slot and different stuff. In this case, some of the relievers Wedge used featured much nastier stuff than Mr. Millwood.
But just as important, the Dodgers weren't exactly rocking a nasty lineup that day. Dee Gordon was hitting leadoff, Elian Herrera was batting second, Juan Rivera was batting cleanup and Bobby Abreu was batting fifth.
The Dodgers went on to finish the month of June ranked dead last in the majors in runs scored, which says a lot about how powerful their offense was when the Mariners faced them.
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