Yawn, the Dodgers were no-hit by six Mariners pitchers Friday.
And afterward said such scintillating things as "It doesn't feel that bad. At the end of the day you lost a game” (Manager Don Mattingly) and "It only counts as one game. It's like getting beat 15 to 14, it doesn't really mean anything other than it's a loss” (catcher A.J. Ellis).
So boring. Has a no-hitter ever elicited such a tepid response? Yeah, probably. Probably most every time.
In everyone’s favorite “big picture” view, it is just one loss, though big-picture comments typically seem to come from the losing end. This loss is more embarrassing that most, but if the Dodgers win the next two, where’s the biggie?
It means nothing more than they lost a game, and if that sounds embarrassingly Dodger-centric, there is some history here.
The first no-hitter I ever covered was the perfect game Tom Browning threw at the Dodgers in Cincinnati on Sept. 16, 1988. You may recall that Dodgers team rebounded from this humiliation quite nicely.