Seattle Mariners Top 5 (Near) No-No’s In Franchise History
2. Johnson Close To Two No-No’s In A Year’s Time- August 14th, 1991
Johnson nearly had two no-hitters within almost a year of each other. The June of 1990, Johnson dazzled for nine complete innings, earning his first no-hitter. In the summer of 91′ he would be almost as invincible.
Facing their division rivals, the Oakland Athletics, Johnson would get his opponents out via the K more than any other out. At one point, Johnson struck out five batters in a row. He would fan multiple batters in four innings.
Again, he would face trouble because of bases on balls allowed. A simple walk in the 6th would almost take away his shutout. Scott Brosius would advance from first to second off a steal. He would then move to third because of an error. Brosius would attempt a bold move, trying to score from third but would fail.
In the ninth, Johnson would walk Brosius once more. The next batter, Mike Gallego, would finally put a one in the hit column for the Athletics. Johnson, would have another no-no broken up by a poor batter.
Gallego, a career .234 batter, took the first pitch in the final frame and smacked it down the left field line. The no-no was so close, but Johnson would have to wait til another day to lock up another no-hitter. He wouldn’t have to wait too long. His final line read: 9IP, 1H, 3BB, 12K