Aug 9, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves former second baseman Mark Lemke and former starting pitcher Kevin Millwood sign autographs before a game against the Miami Marlins at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Maybe you don’t remember how crazy this game was. It’s easy to say “it was a no-hitter, but…” Stop it! It was a no-hitter, and a dramatic one at that. It featured an expansive and unlikely cast of characters, and the M’s really had to fight for it. I know it was just a few years ago, but that shouldn’t stop us from revisiting it in detail.
Kevin Millwood was a good Mariner, an old guy pitcher who had a nice season in the back of the rotation with Seattle before riding off into the sunset. He spent 2012 consistently outperforming expectations, and this game was clearly no exception. He had six strikeouts, one walk, and no hits before coming up limp and having to leave the game, despite having an intact no-no.
So who would go the rest of the way? How about a majority of the ‘pen? With Dodgers youngster Nathan Eovaldi having kept the M’s off the board, Eric Wedge‘s priority wasn’t to prevent anyone from getting a hit – it was to get his own team to score some runs. They didn’t, but they did score a run on a Kyle Seager single – and turns out, that was all they needed.
This one could rank higher due to the final score and all the strikeouts, but again, this was a depressingly punchless Dodgers offense (notice Eovaldi’s presence – this was months before the big swap with the Marlins that signalled the re-energization of the franchise). Also, as cool as this was, it simply wasn’t as impressive as the classic complete game no-no.
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