Groin strain ends Millwood's bid at no-hitter
Righty's frustration dissipates after watching 'pen finish no-no
SEATTLE -- When Kevin Millwood was forced to exit Friday's 1-0 win over the Dodgers after six innings, he wasn't happy. Not when those were six pristine innings, blemished with just one walk. Millwood was three innings removed from his second-career no-hitter, and he wanted it.
With a strained right groin, though, the veteran right-hander wasn't even able to push off the mound, and continuing wasn't really an option.
"It was very frustrating," Millwood said. "I felt like I had good stuff, I felt like I was throwing the ball where I wanted to. But at the same time, it's still a team game, and we're trying to win ballgames. Being selfish can't be a part of it."
Millwood had hurt his groin on the second-to-last pitch of the sixth inning. He was able to strike out Tony Gwynn Jr. on the next pitch, but Millwood said that was extremely lucky because he would have been in trouble if the inning continued.
By the time the ninth inning rolled around and a combined no-hitter was a very real opportunity, Millwood said the frustration had melted away.
"I was inside icing and watching it on TV," he said. "Like I said, the seventh and part of the eighth, I still wasn't having much fun. But to just see it continue and continue, and [Brandon League] got a couple huge outs for us. And when Tom [Wilhelmsen] came in [for the ninth], I think we were all pretty excited in here and hoping it got done."
As for any similarities between Friday's no-hitter and the one he threw on April 27, 2003, for the Phillies against the Giants in Philadelphia?
"1-0 again," he chuckled. "Other than that, it was totally different, totally different game. You don't see many combined no-hitters, and you don't usually see someone come out of a game with a no-hitter."
Josh Liebeskind is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.