Friday, June 8, 2012

The no no

The Mariners used six pitchers to combine for a no-hitter against the Dodgers.  That's awesome, but the way they did it is what's incredible.  Kevin Millwood pitched six great innings before leaving after one practice pitch to open the seventh.  He's diagnosed with a slight groin injury, if such a thing exists. Charlie Furbush, Steven Pryor, Lucas Luetke, Brandon League, and Tom Wilhelmson closed it out for the win, the shutout and the clean slate.
Rookie catcher Jesus Montero celebrates with all six pitchers in their no hitter against the Dodgers.
It's a game in which the Mariners scored only one run.  Hopefully this isn't a return to the curse of Safeco, and it's simply a matter of hitting against a pretty good pitcher, Nathan Eovaldi, on a team they haven't played much.  Even so, they managed eight hits.

There were contributions galore tonight.  Offensively, Ichiro, perhaps showing signs of escaping recent struggles at the plate, managed three hits and scored the winning run.  Kyle Seager again had a two-out base hit to drive in Suzuki. Chone Figgins and Brendan Ryan made decisive defensive contributions. League looked like he might be ready to reclaim his closer status, if he can wrest it from Wilhelmson's greedy grasp.

Coming off a really unpleasant road trip against the division leading Rangers and White Sox, and the surging Angels, the team really rallied to put up some big numbers against some decent pitching staffs. Today, the pitching staff rallied in the face of some adversity to accomplish something really amazing. More and more these guys are starting to look like a team.  One that's learning to pull together and win. I can't wait to see what this team looks like at the end of July.

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