Paxton throws sixth no-hitter in Mariners history

  • Paxton throws sixth no-hitter in Mariners history

Paxton throws sixth no-hitter in Mariners history

Congratulations to James Paxton. British Columbia, not Ontario, so he's not exactly local, but doing it in front of his countrymen had to make this a special moment for him. He has now thrown 16 shutout outings across his last two starts and is second in the American League with 67 strikeouts on the season.

Dick Fowler (1945) was the only previous pitcher from Canada to throw a no-hit game.

Paxton, a Canadian native himself, was basically pitching in front of his home crowd in this game.

What's incredibly impressive about the feat is that despite throwing 99 pitches in the outing, Paxton was still humming late in his start. "Of all places, to do it in Toronto, that's pretty fantastic". "To do it in Toronto - that's pretty incredible".

Paxton forced Josh Donaldson to ground out to third baseman Kyle Seager to end the game. Healy snared it to get Pillar just in time before punching his fist into the air.

Paxton hadn't heard of Fowler until Tuesday night but said he was honoured to add his name to Canadian history.

How about five outs away? Paxton's reaction seemed to say it - maybe that was hit No. 1.

That wasn't even the best play Seager made on the night.

After Paxton completed the feat and became the second Canuck in Major League Baseball history to pitch a no-hitter, the Blue Jays' Twitter account accepted defeat with grace and typical Canadian humility.

Blue Jays are 5-2 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than.600. There had been 255 no-hitters thrown in the modern era (starting in 1901). Paxton threw a 98 miles per hour fastball up and away that Donaldson swung at and missed.

When he does get going like this, he can be as good as any pitcher in the game. He allowed two earned runs in six hits against the White Sox in his only start of the year. He also hit the go-ahead two-run shot in the Mariners' eventual extra-innings win over the Angels on Saturday. Centre-fielder Dee Gordon got the second out, a sharply hit line drive to centre field.

Mike Zunino homered for the Mariners (20-14) and Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Mitch Haniger also drove in runs.