Mariners bask in the glory of combined no-no
Montero realizes dream of catching a no-hitter at young age of 22
SEATTLE -- Mariners manager Eric Wedge took the podium after Friday's 1-0 win over the Dodgers and like usual, patiently started answering questions from the media. But it wasn't just another postgame news conference -- the Mariners had just thrown a combined no-hitter.
Shortstop Brendan Ryan wasn't about to let his manager forget that.
"It's OK to smile, Skip, we just threw a no-no, all right?" shouted Ryan as he popped his head into the interview room, half asking and half telling his manager.
Wedge just smiled at Ryan, who saved the no-hitter with an impressive charging play for the first out in the ninth inning. The skipper wasn't the only one grinning after the Mariners threw the 10th combined no-hitter in Major League history.
Jesus Montero was the man behind the plate, accomplishing one of his dreams at the young age of 22 years old.
"It was really fun," said Montero, hardly trying to suppress an ear-to-ear grin. "I was praying the last inning. That's one of my dreams that I've always thought about, and it happened tonight. Thank God we got the game and the no-hitter. It was an amazing feeling."
On the other side of the clubhouse, Tom Wilhelmsen, who recorded the final three outs for the save, was doing more than smiling. Loudly, the tall right-hander was reenacting his reaction to the final out. A bubbly Wilhelmsen made sure to confirm that he was aware it was a no-hitter when he entered the game, contrary to a rumor circulating.
Despite all the celebrations, the magnitude of what had happened was not lost on the Mariners.
"I've never been a part of something like six pitchers throwing a no-hitter, it's unbelievable," third baseman Kyle Seager said. "From [starter] Kevin [Millwood] to all the guys, everybody was just on the money."
Josh Liebeskind is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.