Mariners' James Paxton Throws No-Hitter Against Blue Jays

Marcus Newton
May 10, 2018

It was the second straight standout start for Paxton. In his previous start against the Cleveland Indians, Paxton struck out 10 hitters in just six innings. Four Los Angeles Dodgers combined to no-hit San Diego in Mexico last Friday.

Consider that, entering Tuesday's action, the league as a whole was hitting just.244 this season. That mark ties for sixth lowest in a season of play since 1871, and in the 20th century, only 1908, '67 and '68 have been worse.

He was coming off a Canadian record-setting 16-strikeout performance in his last start, a no-decision against Oakland. Zunino is very underrated with how well he can center pitches and he can often steal a few strikes for his starters in the course of a game.

The 29-year-old lefty is from Canada.

The date of that fiasco - September 22, 2014 - is etched in his mind like the Maple Leaf on his left forearm honoring his Canadian heritage. The Mariners are off to a 20-14 start, hanging in the tough American League West race with the Astros and Angels, but they need Big Maple to make 30 starts.

Paxton was born in Ladner, British Columbia. So to do it at Toronto was a special treat. "Pretty wonderful. To have it happen in Canada, what are the odds of that happening?"

"After he got the first two outs (on hard-hit balls to the outfield) in the eighth, you could see it building and then he. just got after it", Mariners manager Scott Servais said. Paxton also joined an elite group as he became just the second Canadian to toss a no-hitter, and first to do so in his home country.

Wilson Ramos extended his hitting streak to 13 games with an RBI single in the third that put Tampa Bay up 2-0. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in his past three starts. As a junior, Paxton went 5-3 with 115 strikeouts.

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"Of all places, to do it in Toronto". According to Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs, Paxton has "one simple trick for absolute dominance".

Paxton's was the third no-hitter of 2018.

"You couldn't write this stuff".

Fifteen years ago, Paxton's 95.5-mph fastball would've been the fastest average pitch in baseball among qualified starting pitchers by over a mile per hour, beating Jason Schmidt's 94.3.

It's a 3:00pm pre-game show and 4:05pm first pitch on The Sports Leader.

Miley faced four batters in the top of the first inning before walking off the mound in pain, holding his right side.

James Paxton has been on fire for the Seattle Mariners this season, and he took it to a new level on Tuesday night.

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