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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

June 9, 2012 at 9:17 AM

A look at combined no-hitters through history

Here is today’s minor-league report. While the Mariners were getting a no-hitter in Seattle, Tacoma’s Erasmo Ramirez had a no-hitter for 7 2/3 innings at Cheney Stadium. Earlier in the day, Danny Hultzen and Carter Capps combined on a two-hitter for Jackson. Hultzen is ridiculously dominant in Double-A. I can’t imagine he’s not headed to Tacoma any day now.

Quite an exciting night at Safeco Field, and of course I missed it. I wasn’t off — I spent the day at the office finishing up my Sunday page, as I do every Friday when I’m not traveling with the team. But I still feel badly about not being there, because I never like to miss baseball history. That’s now four no-hitters that have occurred on teams I’ve covered, and I haven’t seen any of them.

The roll call: Terry Mulholland of the Phillies vs. the Giants, Aug. 15, 1990; Kevin Gross of the Dodgers vs. the Giants, Aug. 17, 1992 (note to self: Stop taking off those mid-August games); Philip Humber of the White Sox vs. the Mariners, April 21, 2012 (even worse, a perfecto!); and now the Gang of Six vs. the Dodgers, June 8, 2012.

The always-informative Bill Chuck of billyball.com has compiled this list of the 10 combined no-hitters in baseball history. It’s fascinating, beginning with the very first one, which involved the Sultan of Swat — on the mound. There have been fewer combined no-hitters (10) than perfect games (13).

1, June 23, 1917, with Babe Ruth of the Red Sox on the mound against the Washington Senators, Ruth (0 innings pitched) walked the first batter and was ejected for arguing with the umpire. Ernie Shore (9 IP) came in to pitch and with the runner caught stealing, Shore retired the next 26 batters to record this imperfect game, but first combined no-hitter winning, 4-0.

2, April 30, 1967, the Orioles’ Steve Barber (8.2) and Stu Miller (.1) combined to pitch the only combined losing no-hitter as they fell to Detroit, 2-1.

3, September 28, 1975, Vida Blue (5) combined with Glenn Abbott (1), Paul Lindblad (1), and Rollie Fingers to no-hit the California Angels, 5-0.

4, July 28, 1976, Blue Moon Odom (5), pitching against his former team, and Francisco Barrios (4) combined for the White Sox to no-hit the A’s, 2-1.

5, April 11, 1990, Mark Langston (7), Mike Witt (2) together pitched a 1-0 no-hit victory for the Angels over the Seattle Mariners.

6, July 13, 1991, Baltimore’s Bob Milacki (6), Mike Flanagan (1), Mark Williamson (1), and Gregg Olson (1) combined to no-hit the A’s, 2-0.

7, September 11, 1991, Kent Mercker (6), Mark Wohlers (2) and Alejandro Pena (1) no-hit the San Diego Padres, 1-0, in the NL’s first combined no-hitter.

8, July 12, 1997, Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers Francisco Cordova (9) and Ricardo Rincon (1) pitched the only extra-inning combined no-hitter, defeating the Houston Astros, 3-0

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9, June 11, 2003, the Houston Astros pitched the first interleague combined no-hitter with Roy Oswalt (1), Pete Munro (2.2), Kirk Saarloos (1.1), Brad Lidge (2), Octavio Dotel (1), and Billy Wagner (1) held the New York Yankees hitless in a 8-0 victory.

10, June 8, 2012, the Seattle Mariners tied the six-pitcher effort of the Astros when Kevin Millwood (6), Charlie Furbush (.2), Stephen Pryor (.1), Lucas Luetge (.1), Brandon League (.2), and Tom Wilhelmsen (1) combined to no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers, 1-0.

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