Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Two No-No's

A big congrats to former Brave and all-around good guy Kevin Millwood who was part of the Seattle Mariners no-hitter on Friday!  Kevin pitched six strong innings before being forced to leave the game with a mild groin strain. 

Five additional pitchers, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen kept the no-hitter intact.  The Mariners ended up beating the Dodgers 1-0.  This is the Mariners 3rd no-hitter in team history, the others coming in 1990 and 1993.  This game marked only the 10th combined no-hitter in Major League history and it's the first one since the Astros did it in 2003.

This is Kevin's second no-hitter.  His first was in 2003 when he pitched for the Phillies.


I guess I should also acknowledge the New York Mets (it's hard for me to use the word congratulate when it comes to them) and their no-hitter a week ago Friday.  Believe it or not, it was the first no-hitter in the team's 50 year history.  After 8,019 games, they finally joined the club!  

When you consider the calibre of pitchers who have worn a Mets uni, it's hard to believe they've never had a no-hitter. Several Mets pitchers, including Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, David Cone and Nolan Ryan, have thrown no-hitters while playing for other teams.

It took the Mets Johan Santana 134 pitches to beat the Cardinals 8-0.  But, being that it was the Mets, the game had some controversy.  In the 6th inning, Cardinals outfielder and former Met Carlos Beltran hit a fastball up the left field line.  The ball was called foul, but replays show that it went foul after hitting the bag.  Beltran grounded out on the next pitch. 

Baseball is a funny game.   You never know what you'll see and the human element plays a huge role in the game.   Chances are good that Cardinals fans feel that the Mets still don't have a no-hitter.   And Tigers fans know that Armando Galarraga did have one.

Ok, Padres.  It's your turn now.

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