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A postscript to the Dodgers' no-hit loss to Seattle

June 09, 2012|By Jim Peltz
  • Dodgers starter Nathan Eovaldi delivers a pitch against the Mariners on Friday night in Seattle.
Dodgers starter Nathan Eovaldi delivers a pitch against the Mariners on… (Otto Greule Jr. / Getty Images )

SEATTLE -- As the crowd of grinning Seattle Mariners pitchers who threw a combined no-hitter against the Dodgers lined up for a postgame news conference, Dodgers starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi dressed quietly in his team's somber clubhouse.

Somewhat lost in the Mariners' 1-0 win Friday night at Safeco Field was Eovaldi's performance. He was less than efficient, tossing 103 pitches in six innings of work, but the 22-year-old Texan held Seattle scoreless on five singles and struck out six.

"I felt like I located my fastball well," said Eovaldi (0-2), who was making his third start since being called up May 29 from double-A Chattanooga. "I threw my off-speed [pitches] a lot better than I did last time.

"I'm just trying to keep us in the game, do my job, that's really all I can control," said Eovaldi, who has limited opposing hitters to a .209 batting average this year.

It didn't help, of course, that the Dodgers couldn't give Eovaldi any run support.

Not only did Seattle starter Kevin Millwood and five Mariners relievers toss a no-hitter, the third in Mariners history, "we really didn't hit anything hard, either," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said.

Dodgers reliever Scott Elbert, who allowed Kyle Seager's run-scoring single in the seventh inning, took the loss. Seager's younger brother Corey, a shortstop, was the Dodgers' first-round pick in the amateur player draft this week.

It was the second time this season that the Dodgers -- still atop the National League West with baseball's best record of 37-22 -- were shut out.

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