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Remembering Bosio's no hitter

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  April 11, 2007 09:00 PM

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Felix Hernandez is taking a no-hitter into the eighth. I remember covering Chris Bosio's no-hitter vs. Sox. Here's the game story:

SEATTLE'S BOSIO FIRES GEM AT SOX
By Nick Cafardo
Globe Staff, Friday,April 23, 1993

SEATTLE -- Mike Greenwell could think of one consolation after the Red Sox were no-hit by righthander Chris Bosio, 7-0, last night. And only one.

"We're not going to face any better pitching than what we faced the last two nights," said Greenwell.

Randy Johnson four-hit the Red Sox Wednesday and Bosio, pitching on three days' rest, recorded 27 straight outs after allowing two walks to start the game. Ground balls accounted for 17 of the outs. It was the first no-hitter against Boston in nearly a decade, since Dave Righetti struck out Wade Boggs for the final out at Yankee Stadium July 4, 1983.

Bosio, a bulldog righthander signed by Seattle as a free agent in the offseason after going 16-6 for the Milwaukee Brewers, pitched the second no- hitter in Mariners history. The other was thrown by Johnson June 2, 1990 against the Detroit Tigers.

"I'm just smiling all over myself," said Bosio, who threw 97 pitches in a game which lasted only 2 hours 12 minutes before 13,604 at the Kingdome for his first victory as a Mariner.

"It's a feeling I'll probably never have again," said Bosio. "Something came over me after we made that last out. I kind of froze. Guys started to mob me. I didn't know where I was at that point."

Bosio had the benefit of umpire Vic Voltaggio behind the plate. Voltaggio may call more strikes than any umpire in the American League. He called Roger Clemens' 20-strikeout game April 29, 1986.

Though there weren't many fans on hand, they did stand up when Bosio took the mound in the ninth. He faced John Valentin, Tony Pena and Ernest Riles. Valentin grounded to shortstop, and Pena grounded to third base. With the crowd making about as much noise as at a full-house Seattle Seahawks game, all standing on their feet, Bosio's former Milwaukee teammate, Riles, bounced a slow grounder toward second that was barehanded by Omar Vizquel, whose throw to first beat Riles by a step.

Fireworks exploded in the Kingdome. And the fans went crazy as the scoreboard flashed the word "no-hitter."

Vizquel was a vacuum cleaner all night in the field, but while the game featured good defense by the Mariners behind Bosio's effort, the only real challenge came on Ivan Calderon's liner to center in the fifth on which Ken Griffey made a good catch. In the same inning, Mo Vaughn was thrown out on a nice play by second baseman Bret Boone, who barehanded a ball that hit a seam.

"This is the last thing I ever expected," said Bosio. "I went in to manager Lou Piniella before the season started and I told him if he ever needed me to pitch on three days' rest I'd be able to. I just kept a good pace throughout the game. I tried to make my pitches and stay ahead of the count."

He did not throw a pitch over 89 m.p.h., but he was ahead on the count on every hitter after first-inning walks to Riles and Carlos Quintana. He then got Greenwell to swing at the first pitch and knock into a double play.

Mike Easler, the former Brewers hitting coach now with the Red Sox, said he could tell Bosio was on his game.

"I knew," said Easler. "I was trying to tell my hitters to stay back and be patient with him. When he starts getting that breaking stuff and forkball over the plate, he's nasty. Just nasty."

The Red Sox have not scored a run over the last 19 innings. Two days ago, they were the Red Sox juggernaut. Are they now the Red Sox jugger-NOT?

The Sox' goal of winning each series was crushed early by the ineffectiveness of starter Joe Hesketh, who was pelted for eight hits and five runs in three innings, reinforcing lingering doubts about the Boston rotation after Roger Clemens and Frank Viola.

Viola hopes to stop the slippage tonight when the Red Sox begin the second leg of their Western trip in Anaheim against the American League West-leading California Angels.

Red Sox pitchers surrendered 10 hits last night. With the score already 5-0, the Mariners tacked on two in the sixth, fueled by Greenwell's two-base error in left field when he let Vizquel's single bounce to the wall, scoring one run. Mike Felder followed with a bloop single to center for the final run.

Boone belted a two-run homer in the third inning to make it 4-0. Hesketh allowed three straight singles for a run in the second, though Riles, making his first Sox start at second base, let a sharp grounder by Tino Martinez get under him as he dove for the ball for the second hit of the inning.

Riles then added more misery when he couldn't turn a routine 6-4-3 double play on a grounder by Dave Valle. Riles made the turn toward first base awkwardly and got little on the throw, which was a one-hopper to first that Vaughn couldn't handle, allowing the second run of the inning to score.

In the fourth, Riles was late covering the bag, allowing Mike Blowers, who had singled, to steal second base. Pena nearly threw Blowers out, but Riles,

because he broke late, slightly overran the bag and took the throw almost behind the runner.

Valle followed with a single, scoring Blowers with Seattle's fifth run. It was a short night for Hesketh, who was replaced by Paul Quantrill.


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