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Why so serious? Dodgers get no-hit, baseball world still rotates

June 09, 2012|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier grounds out to end a 1-0 loss to the Mariners on Friday night in Seattle.
Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier grounds out to end a 1-0 loss to the Mariners… (Elaine Thompson / Associated…)

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.

There were similarities from that night and Friday, too. The Dodgers were in first place and their own starter, Tim Belcher – much like young Nathan Eovaldi – was also throwing well, taking his own no-hitter into the sixth. And like Friday, they lost 1-0.

Hats off to the Mariners, starter Kevin Millwood and their legion of bullpen unknowns. They’re in the history books now. And the Dodgers have a one-game losing streak.

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