“It’s a crazy game,” Bosio said.
Bosio walks the first two batters he faces, he then got Mike Greenwell to ground into a double play and k’d Andre Dawson.
He finishes the game by retiring the next 24 Red Sox batters in a row. He strikes out four in his 97-pitch gem.The 30 year-old Seattle’s no-no is kept intact by several outstanding plays from his infielders, including shortstop Omar Vizquel’s barehanded play on a chopper hit by Ernest Riles for the game’s final out. Bosio pitched the second no-hitter in franchise history.
Bosio said he wasn’t even thinking about a no-hitter until the ninth inning, though.
“To be honest with you, I just waited until the last inning,” he said. “You know, after that last Detroit game (the Tigers won, 8-7, Sunday on a two-run homer in the ninth), you know, anything was possible and I just wanted to try to get that leadoff guy.”
The last time Boston was no-hit was by New York’s Dave Righetti on July 4, 1983, at Yankee Stadium.
“That was the first game I’ve managed that there was a no-hitter,” Seattle’s Lou Piniella said. “As a player I was there for Righetti.”
With a Seattle Kingdome crowd of 13,604 standing for the ninth inning, John Valentin led off with a routine grounder to short. Tony Pena hit an easy grounder to third for the second out.
“I knew what was going on,” Bosio said. “But in this game you always expect the worst.”
Jose Guzman knows all about that. The Chicago Cub pitcher threw 8 2/3 no-hit innings against Atlanta on April 6 before Otis Nixon singled, and Guzman finished with a one-hitter.
“The ball bounced my way,” Bosio said. “There were five or six balls that could have been hits.”
Like the last one. Riles hit a high hopper over Bosio’s head that Vizquel barehanded as the ball bounced off the turf. His running throw beat Riles by two steps.