In a move we've seen become more common in recent years, another pitcher has been pulled from a game with a no-hitter intact.
It was possibly the loudest cheer you'll hear for a one-out double in the ninth inning of a blowout.
In the end, the Marlins came two outs shy of a combined no-hitter, as Haniger doubled with one out in the ninth. Dan Straily and two relievers combined to no-hit the New York Mets through seven innings Sunday before Neil Walker broke it up in the eighth with a single off Ziegler with two outs. It was the 17th one-hitter in Marlins history.
Still, the Marlins hung on for a 5-0 shutout of the host Mariners Tuesday night at Safeco Field. But that's the way baseball works - that's the charm of all sports really, and so it was that in the late innings each at bat, each pitch, held intrigue even beyond the score.
Martin Perez (1-2) gave up four runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. The best contact Seattle made came in the fifth inning when Kyle Seager hit a one-hopper back up the middle that shortstop JT Riddle gloved and threw to first. Mattingly chose to pull Chen, meaning the no-hit effort would become a collective affair. He retired the side easily. Jarrod Dyson, the fastest player on the Mariners and one of the fastest players in baseball, dribbled a swinging bunt that he almost beat out. Brad Ziegler got through the eighth inning with the no-hitter intact despite a pair of tricky grounders that almost became hits.
Mariners starter Yovani Gallardo ended up going six innings and allowed four runs on nine hits with no walks and three strikeouts. With the game the way it was going, that's what I wanted to hit, right there, " Suzuki said through an interpreter, while also indicating he hoped to have another trip to Seattle in the future.
But Chen was in control right away.More news: US Supreme Court stops execution of Arkansas death row inmate
It's worth noting here that Chen did get into a modicum of trouble in the seventh inning. He walked Haniger after a lengthy battle, which inched his pinch count higher.
Barraclough recovered to strike out Robinson Cano and get Nelson Cruz to line out to right.
Chen exited the game after 100 pitches when Marlins manager Don Mattingly opted for his bullpen.
Chen received congratulatory hugs from teammates.
Mitch Haniger had three hits, including a double, and added a walk, in addition to driving in four runs.
But the story wasn't the hits the Mariners gave up. It was the hits the Mariners didn't get, until they got the one from Haniger.