1. Johnson Has Best Near No-No In Mariners History- May 16th, 1993
There is no other way to put it. Johnson was perfect through 7.1IP. He struck out twelve of the twenty-two batters he faced in that time. He faced little to no resistance, often throwing less five pitches per batter.
In the eighth, he walked the first man. The perfecto was gone-zo. But the no-no was still up for grabs. Johnson would walk the first batter in the ninth, and then give up that elusive hit. It should be no surprise that the hit Johnson allowed was to a mediocre batter. Lance Blankenship was his name. He hit a career .224, and spent most of his career as a back-up utility player.
Johnson would not let Blankenship, or any other Athletic do more damage. Johnson would finish his game with a line of: 9IP, 1H, 3BB, 14K. It would be the best outing by a Mariner to almost get a no-hitter in franchise history