Kevin Millwood’s 2003 No-Hitter

Here, from the AP, is a quick look at Millwood’s no-hitter on April 27, 2003, at Veterans Stadium, a 1-0 win for the Phillies over the Giants, still Kevin’s only “real” no-hitter that he pitched by himself (box score available here):

Using a sharp fastball and a slow curve, Millwood kept Barry Bonds and the other Giants’ hitters off-balance throughout the afternoon — and kept the crowd of 40,016 cheering at Veterans Stadium.

Millwood retired Bonds three times, striking out the single-season home-run king in the seventh. Bonds hit a long drive to right that Bobby Abreu caught near the wall in the fourth.

Marquis Grissom came the closest to getting a hit, but center fielder Ricky Ledee raced back and made a leaping one-handed catch on his hard liner to right-center to start the seventh.

“I was just praying that Ricky would make a great play and he did,” Millwood said.

Grissom hit a routine fly ball to Ledee for the final out of the game. Ledee homered for the game’s only run.

Earlier in the ninth, Millwood retired pinch-hitters Neifi Perez and Marvin Benard before walking Ray Durham on a full count. Millwood retired 15 straight batters before the walk.

Published in: on June 8, 2012 at 10:44 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Wow, I’d forgotten that Millwood had ever thrown a no-hitter, and that he’d ever pitched for the Phillies as well. It’s amazing how easy it is to forget recent baseball history.
    Good stuff, Bill

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