SEATTLE, WA: Starting pitcher Kevin Millwood #25 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Mariners No-Hit Dodgers Using 6 Pitchers

Kevin Millwood spun six no-hit innings before leaving with a groin injury, and the bullpen did the rest as the Mariners used six pitchers to no-hit the Dodgers on Friday.

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Combined No-Hitter A Rare Baseball Feat

The Mariners tied a major league record Friday night by using six pitchers to throw a no-hitter.

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Dee Gordon: The No-Hitter's Natural Enemy

No one wants to be no-hit. It's humiliating. And Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon did his damnedest to avoid the no-hitter. It was a valiant, eventually futile effort. But, man, did he try.

In the top of the fourth inning, Gordon tried to bunt for a base hit. This is early enough in the game to avoid the unwritten-rules snafu, so it was perfectly fine in baseball etiquette. Plus, the unwritten rules go on and on and on. Here's one that you didn't even know existed:

You can't bunt for a hit to break up a no-hitter after the sixth inning. Unless, like, Kevin Millwood is pitching. Because he isn't pitching a no-hitter. Come on. Not happening. I mean, unless he hurts his groin and comes out for a reliever. And what are the odds on that? Like, a billion-to-one.

But it was the fourth, and it was fine to bunt. And Kyle Seager made a heckuva play:


The real drama, though, came in the ninth inning, when Gordon led off against reliever Tom Wilhelmsen. Brendan Ryan had just come into the game as a defensive replacement, and it's a baseball truism that the ball always finds the defensive replacements. With a no-hitter intact, of course Ryan has to field a tough chance right away.


Looks close. How close?



Yeeeeeeesh. Looks safe. Tie goes to the runner. Wouldn't bet a finger on it, though. About the closest play you can imagine.

The Dodgers were no-hit, but it wasn't because of a lack of effort on Dee Gordon's part. Dude tried. And he wasn't excited with the results.

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