When everyone went to bed in Auburn there was no way that they knew.
Fans of the Short Season Single-A team in town had another no-hit feather to put in their caps as they rested.
Brandon League, a 2002 Auburn Doubleday, got two outs in the eighth inning, with walked batters on second and third, as six Seattle Mariner pitchers combined to no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers, 1-0, late Friday night or early Saturday morning.
League has nine saves for the Mariners this season, but was 7-2 in 16 starts in Auburn in 2002. He struck out 72 batters in 85.2 innings as a Doubleday in the second year that the team was affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays. League was traded to Seattle in 2009.
The no-hitter was the fourth in the majors this season, joining gems pitched by the Angels' Jered Weaver, the Mets' Johan Santana and White Sox right-hander Philip Humber, who threw a perfect game at Seattle in April.
But this one was clearly the least conventional.
Starter Kevin Millwood was cruising through six innings, giving up just one walk. But while warming up for the seventh he felt a twinge in his groin and was pulled from the game. Five relievers, including League, combined to finish the no-hitter, capped by Tom Wilhelmsen retiring Andre Ethier on a routine grounder to end it.
The last, and only other, time six pitchers combined for a no-hitter was 2003 when the Houston Astros did it. Former Auburn product Billy Wagner (1993) was part of that piece of history with Houston.
That isn’t the only brush with destiny that Auburn has this season. Santana, a former Doubleday in 1997 and 1998, threw the first no-hitter in New York Mets history on June 2.