06/09/12 7:41 PM ET
Mattingly: No-hitter wasn't for lack of effort
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
"Other than getting beat, there was nothing to get dissatisfied about," said Mattingly, whose club couldn't hit six Mariners pitchers.
"It wasn't a lack of effort, they just shut us down. We still had a chance to win the game. It's not one you walk away from really disappointed, it wasn't that we didn't come to play. It only cost us one loss."
Dee Gordon came closest to breaking up the no-hitter. He attempted a bunt single in the fourth inning but was thrown out with a barehand grab by Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager. Gordon thought he beat out an infield single leading off the ninth inning but was called out at first base by umpire Ted Barrett.
Gordon is batting only .219 on this trip, but Mattingly said he is pleased with the shortstop's offensive turnaround since returning from a four-game benching.
"He's having calmer at-bats," said Mattingly. "We're a better team if he hits leadoff. He's more confident, his at-bats are better and I'm good with it. He's swinging at more strikes."
Mariners know Dodgers got gem in Seager
SEATTLE -- Tom McNamara, scouting director for the Mariners, knew he wouldn't be selecting Corey Seager in the recent First-Year Player Draft to join brother Kyle when he counted 50 other scouts in attendance for one of Corey's games.
The Dodgers landed Corey with the 18th overall choice, and McNamara said they got a good one.
"I've been around the family, and these guys are baseball players," said McNamara, who has seen Kyle go from a third-round pick to Seattle's starting third baseman. "Any person involved with the boys, you never hear anything negative. They play good, fundamental baseball and it's a credit to their parents. We congratulate Corey for being drafted. Kyle paved the way and we're proud of him."
The Dodgers still need to sign the 18-year-old shortstop, who has a commitment to attend the University of South Carolina, with a slot bonus of $1.95 million recommended.
Kyle, who also has a middle brother, Justin, playing ball at North Carolina-Charlotte, said the baseball genes were passed down by father Jeff, who played college ball at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.
"He always instilled the work ethic in us," Kyle said. "He always took us out to hit, to take ground balls. He worked with all three of us all the time."
All three Seager boys also played high school basketball, "but Corey would always go to the cage and hit after basketball practice. He put in the hours."
No-no hard to handle for hitting coach Hansen
SEATTLE -- How does the hitting coach handle it when his hitters get no-hit?
"I took it pretty hard," Dave Hansen said of Friday night's six-pitcher no-hitter the Mariners threw at the Dodgers.
"I tossed and turned all night, just like when I was a player. It's the part of the game people don't get to see. The ups and downs, to battle and not get one hit. It meant a sleepless night."
And that comes from the hitting coach of baseball's winningest club, with a .264 team average that is third in the National League.
"It's a very humbling game," Hansen said. "It was a tough night and it really wasn't our night."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.