Not one no-hitter was thrown at Safeco Field from its opening in 1999 through 2011. Two were thrown in this season’s first two-plus months.
When Kevin Millwood and five relievers collaborated for a 1-0 combined no-hitter Friday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, it marked the 10th combined no-no in major league history, the first such thrown by the Mariners, the third no-hitter in franchise history, and the second thrown at Safeco Field in 2012 — after none had been thrown in the park from its opening in mid-1999 through 2011. A closer look at an unconventional game:
1. June 23, 1917: Ernie Shore of the Boston Red Sox relieved starter Babe Ruth, ejected for arguing with the umpire after walking the first batter of the game. Runner was subsequently caught stealing and Shore retired the next 26 batters. Boston 4, Washington Senators 0.
2. April 30, 1967: Baltimore’s Stu Miller recorded the final out in relief of Steve Barber, a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers, just one of two losing no-hitters.
3. Sept. 27, 1975: Oakland’s Vida Blue combined with Glenn Abbott, Paul Lindblad, and Rollie Fingers to no-hit the California Angels 5-0.
4. July 28, 1976: Blue Moon Odom of the White Sox threw five no-hit innings against the Athletics. Francisco Barrios completed the no-no, a 2-1 Chicago win. The pair combined for 11 walks, most in a no-hitter.
5. April 11, 1990: California’s Mark Langston (7.0 IP) and Mike Witt (2.0) combined for a 1-0 no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners.
6. July 13, 1991: Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson and Gregg Olson of Baltimore combined to no-hit the Oakland Athletics 2-1.
7. Sept. 11, 1991: Kent Mercker, Mark Wohlers and Alejandro Pena of the Atlanta Braves combined to no-hit the San Diego Padres 1-0.
8. July 12, 1997: In the only combined extra-inning no-hitter, Pittsburgh pitchers Francisco Cordova (9.0 IP) and Ricardo Rincon (1.0) combined to no-hit the Houston Astros, 3-0. Victory secured with a three-run walk-off home run by pinch hitter Mark Smith in the bottom of the 10th inning.
9. June 11, 2003: Houston Astros set a record with six pitchers in a a combined no-hitter, an 8-0 win over the Yankees. Roy Oswalt, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel, and Billy Wagner collaborated on the gem. Oswalt was removed after one inning due to injury (a pulled right groin muscle, same as Millwood). Munro pitched the most innings, 2.2. He also allowed five of the six baserunners, giving up three walks, hitting a batter and seeing another reach on an error by third baseman Geoff Blum.