Throwback Thursday: Mariners combined no-hitter anniversary

Los Angeles Dodgers v Seattle Mariners
Los Angeles Dodgers v Seattle Mariners / Otto Greule Jr/GettyImages

June 8th, 2012. The Los Angeles Dodgers make a rare appearance at Safeco Field, and the 22,028 fans in attendance have no idea that Baseball History is about to be made. For just the 10th time in MLB history, more than one pitcher combined to throw a no hitter. There have been more Perfect Games (23) that combined no-hitters. It was a special night in Mariners history, and i still cannot believe i was one of the lucky few to see it in person.

That night, a friend and I had tickets in the left field bleachers, my usual favorite place to sit. We had taken the ferry over that afternoon, and we had a choice to make: Either leave early and catch the 10:30ish ferry, or stay at the ballpark and catch the 12:50AM boat back to Bremerton. There was no way I was going to miss my chance at seeing history. So we stayed, and boy was I glad we did.

The Mariners won the game, 1-0. Their one run came in the 7th inning, when Kyle Seager drove in Ichiro on a base hit. But the offense was not the story, obviously.

Kevin Millwood started the game for the Mariners. He went six innings without giving up a hit, and only walking one. But while warming up before the 7th, he had to come out o the game due to injury. So the bullpen would need to see if they could try and finish the no-no. That is just what they did. Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen all combined for the 3rd no hitter in franchise history. The first was thrown by Randy Johnson in 1990, while the second was thrown by Chris Bosio in 1993.

The 2012 Seattle Mariners were a bad team. Their 75-87 record shows that. This was also the year they traded Ichiro to the Yankees. In another year full of disappointments, this game stands tall as the lone bright spot in a dark and dreary season. It just goes to show you that you never know what you're going to see at the ballpark. As always, Go Mariners!