Like a Farmer John hot dog and Nancy Bea Hefley at the organ, trying to win a game without a hit is a time-honored Dodger tradition.
But tonight in Seattle, the Dodgers got boiled, rocked and rolled. There would be no repeat of the Dodgers’ June 29, 2008 hitless victory over the Angels. A record-tying six Mariners combined to no-hit Los Angeles in a 1-0 victory.
It was the first no-hitter the Dodgers lost since Kent Mercker threw one at Dodger Stadium in 1994. The only twist was how Mercker’s successor in Atlanta, Kevin Milwood, was deprived of the victory.
Milwood pitched the first six innings in 68 pitches without giving up a hit or anything really close to one (save perhaps for a fourth-inning bunt by Dee Gordon that needed a bare-handed play by Kyle Seager for the out), allowing just a fifth-inning walk to Juan Rivera. But after throwing one warmup pitch before the seventh inning, Milwood didn’t throw another. He left the game with what was said to be a mild groin injury.
Lefty reliever Charlie Furbush got the next batter, then threw a ball hit by Elian Herrera away for a two-base error. But Furbush manhandled Andre Ethier with a third strike, and then newly called up Stephen Pryor struck out Rivera.
Nathan Eovaldi, who matched Milwood at least in innings and runs allowed, left the game after 103 pitches, allowing seven baserunners and striking out six while lowering his 2012 ERA to 1.93. Facing five lefty batters in a row, Scott Elbert looked great in striking out the first two and allowing a scratch infield single by Ichriro Suzuki. However, Elbert walked Dustin Ackley, then surrendered a 1-2 single to Seager (older brother of the Dodgers’ top draft choice this week, Corey), to dive in the game’s big-deal run.
The drama increased in the eighth when Prior walked Bobby Abreu and Jerry Hairston Jr. on nine pitches. The Mariners’ fourth pitcher, lefty Lucas Luetge, came in to face James Loney, who looked uncomfortable squaring to bunt but sacrificed one of the Dodgers’ remaining six outs to move the runners to second and third. That brief appearance was it for Luetge, who gave way to Seattle pitcher No. 5, Brandon League.
A.J. Ellis came up with an opportunity to tie the game even without a hit. He sent a sinking fly to left that Chone Figgins caught in shallow enough territory that pinch-runner Alex Castellanos held at third. League then struck out Tony Gwynn Jr., and the Mariners were one inning away.
After Josh Lindblom pitched a shutout eighth to keep Los Angeles witn a run, Tom Wilhelmsen came in to pitch the ninth inning as the Mariners aimed to match the Houston Astros (June 11, 2003) by using six pitchers for a no-no.
Dee Gordon led off the ninth with a slow grounder to shortstop Brendan Ryan, but unlike Ichiro, he was called out by half a step. Herrera, the hero of Philadelphia, followed by hitting a liner, but right at Ryan for the Dodgers’ 26th out.
Up came Ethier. He fouled off the first pitch, then hit a grounder to second baseman Ackley — and it was celebration time in Seattle. It was something to see. Close, and yes, cigar.
From previous thread:
I always found it interesting that the 1981 Dodgers had a no-hitter
thrown against them (Astros/ Ryan), and the 1988 Dodgers had a perfect
game thrown against them (Reds/Browning). For a while, I thought it was a
good sign when it happened.
Yeah, it was something alright. Good for the Mariners fans tho – they picked a good one to go to tonight. Great to see Eovaldi with another very solid outing.
From previous thread:
I was just settling in for the pre-game show. According to this blog the game was supposed to start at 10:10 pm.Just kidding :)Congrats to Seattle on this historic no hitter. Lets not overlook Eovaldi’s solid outing.
Yep, another great game from Eo. That’s three excellent starts in a row with no wins to show for it. At least he didn’t take a loss tonight! (Silver lining) But seriously, never mind the result tonight, he’s been great. They made the right call taking him out when they did, his pitch count is important at that age especially. Elbert had a bit of bad luck in that next inning.
what bad luck? I assume you mean Ichiro being called safe
We’ll just call this a jetlag game, and expect a different result tomorrow.
I have no eyes for tomorrows game or next Saturdays either…I may need some visual help calls
I was going to say something witty (or perhaps pithy) about winning 4 straight against the current Phillies and then getting no-hit by a former Phillie. However:
1. Millwood didn’t last any longer than a starting pitcher in a normal game.
2. I looked him up and was surprised to see that he only pitched 2 fairly mediocre seasons in Philadelphia. I thought he pitched more mediocre season there than that. (Now that was pithy.)
mediocre is too strong for 2003 even with a 99 ERA+. He led MLB in shut-outs with 3 tied with 2 others and tied for 4th in MLB in complete games with 5.
Not even sure what to say about this one. Torn between feeling bitter and thinking this was totally bogus, and then also being a good sport and tipping hat to the Mariners pitchers and moving on. Like WBB says, this could have been a jetlagged team out there, too (not to mention missing 2-3 starters including the best player in the NL), and they had some hard hit balls that were caught, but still, a no hitter’s a no-hitter. So, enjoy it Mariners.
Meanwhile, if Dodgers can move past it and get a win tomrorow and Sunday, they’ll care a lot less about this one; let them have it and then let them have it. :)
Aaron Miles singled, doubled and homered tonight. Scerry Sand Slyke hit two homers.
Further: Do you think it is easier for a team to be no-hit when the opposing team uses multiple pitchers, as happened this evening?
It seems to me that it must be helpful, rather than the prospect of doing it with one pitcher who would likely get more tired the longer he went.
Seems like it might be, though you run the risk of one of the pitchers just being off that night – like Prior kinda was.
The good news is that at least they made the record book. Kinda like what St. Augustine said, when he said, and I’m paraphrasing here, if you must sin, sin boldly (in other words, if you’re gonna lose, make it one for the record book).
I kind of feel the same way. At least in the regular season.
would you like us to be no hit in all our loses?
No, then it wouldn’t seem so memorable, would it?
Not to go against a guy with a saintly name, but I thought it was Martin Luther who said sin boldly, but believe more boldly.
Luther is most commonly credited with the phrase, but he was also an Augustinian monk prior to his “going rogue” and starting the Protestant Reformation.
timmer, can you answer my question posted earlier?
could Loney (or any hitter) have been PH for with the PHer becoming the DH and Rivera moving, in the case of Loney, to first.
If Rivera moved from DH to first, the Dodgers would lose the DH for the duration of the game, and the pitcher’s spot would have to hit.
As a lifelong Dodger fan living in Seattle for the past few years, this was a bittersweet outcome. I found myself both rooting for a Dodger hit and secretly hoping for the no-no. Definitely worth calling out was the great Dodger-fan turnout tonight. I saw just as much Dodger blue as I did Mariner blue-ish, and the “let’s go Dodgers” chants drowned out the home fans for much of the evening. Despite the loss,it was the most fun I had watching the Dodgers since I saw them play the Yankees in LA back in ’04, and certainly the most exciting game I’ve seen at Safeco since moving here. Cheers to the M’s, but we’ll get ’em next time.
A bit jetlagged myself. Two whole weeks without any basball news to find the Boys still leading the pack. Now to fill in the details. U-less and Castellanos, stil no Kemp? Will spend the day with DT and mlb.tv archives.
I was there tonight and have tix for the next two. Exciting game. Dee looked safe in the 9th. Seager made a Great Play against him earlier though. Did the ump get that one right on replay? Also wasn’t sure about castellano not testing figgins’ arm.
Mike that ball was really shallow, even for somebody with speed against a questionable arm. I’d feel worse if the tying run had gotten gunned down at the plate. In other news, how we can manage first and second with nobody out and STILL not score is beyond my comprehension…it’s just sad.
I am still trying to get my head around this team being able to get guys on 1st and 2nd, and being above league average in scoring runs.
Especially with being pretty low in the home run department. Smoke and mirrors?
Hope this doesn’t happen. But every good outing EO turns in may increase the chance he wears another uniform after trade deadline, depending on what bat he might bring.
Among things that have gone the Dodgers’ way so far, a big one has been little downtime for the starting 5, with EO on tap as a #6 who’d be probably a #3 or more for some teams.
Other teams are likely to see the Dodgers as having more “starters than needed” and come after EO because he’s young and cheap and has a bright future.
Unless someone makes a blowaway offer I can’t envision, I hope he’s seen as not tradeable.
He should have that bright future as a Dodger.
Kasten’s on record as saying you build internally around starting pitching. Trading EO would seem to be something he’d stop.
But if someone made that blowaway offer….who might that be, anyhow?
Considering we just got no-hit by Kevin Millwood (and everyone in the Mariners pen), I am sort of hoping we can flip Eovaldi for a bat.
I think Bills is the current trade chip. But will someone make a blow away offer for him? How about a package that includes Bills and Loney?
Adding Loney to any package right now is probably the surest way to kill a deal. I doubt Bills brings anything back. It’s usually rebuilding teams that sell of their vets, and they don’t want guys with big contracts who are declining. If we trade anyone, it should be Eovaldi as his value is likely to be the highest it will ever be.
Next up, Pat Summitt will soon discover the cure for cancer.
Maybe that ball wanted to avoid that famous glare if it didn’t go in the hole…