Mariners pitcher Paxton makes third no-hitter of season

10 May, 2018, 00:25 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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The Blue Jays were handed a bombshell they were not anticipating yesterday when closer Roberto Osuna was arrested and charged with domestic assault on his girlfriend. Four Los Angeles Dodgers combined to no-hit San Diego in Mexico last Friday.

After cradling the Donaldson blast, Seager threw to first for the easy out and Paxton, arms extended toward the Rogers' roof, received his jubilant teammates on the mound. Paxton joined Dick Fowler of the 1945 Philadelphia Athletics as the only Canadians to throw a no-hitter.

Paxton now has a 3.40 ERA in eight starts this season, and with seven more strikeouts Tuesday he has fanned 67 batters (against 19 walks) in 47 2/3 innings.

Russell Martin led off the Toronto eighth with a long drive that left fielder Ben Gamel caught near the wall.

The 29-year-old Paxton, a native of British Columbia, needed just 99 pitches over his nine innings in the Mariners' 5-0 win. "The fans were giving me some trouble in the seventh inning, but once I got post that they started kind of cheering me on". With two outs in the ninth, it was hard to root against the B.C. native, who went right after Josh Donaldson with 100 miles per hour on the radar gun. "And to see him dive down that line and no-look that throw, I was nearly in shock. That was incredible. Those guys were making every play", Paxton said.

"I mean, Josh Donaldson, the guy's pretty good". As strikeouts go up, contact has gone down: According to FanGraphs, the league's swinging-strike rate of 10.7% is the highest on record since 2002, when that stat was first tracked, narrowly edging out last year's previous champion of 10.5. "I'm honoured to be the second Canadian to throw a no hitter in the big leagues".

"Very special", Paxton said of his inclusion to that select pairing.


Paxton was originally drafted by the Blue Jays in 2009, two years after playing for the Falcons.

"This is the best that I've ever pitched over two games", he said.

Mariners manager Scott Servais said he started to think early about what could happen.

The eagle mistook Paxton, who was standing in the outfield, for its owner and tried to land on his shoulder.

James Paxton's no-hitter was a surreal moment for the Mariners' lefty - not just because it was his first shutout and just the sixth no-hitter in franchise history, but because the memorable moment came in his home country of Canada. His ability to ramp up the fastball as the game progressed is a reminder of how Justin Verlander did that back in his MVP season in 2011.

Royals 15, Orioles 7: Mike Moustakas homered twice and drove in five runs, and visiting Kansas City homered four times and scored 10 runs in the first inning, finishing with five homers overall in a rout of Baltimore.

Marcus Stroman (0-5) remained winless in seven starts.

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