M's play middle game of series against Blue Jays on KPUG Wednesday

M's play middle game of series against Blue Jays on KPUG Wednesday

M's play middle game of series against Blue Jays on KPUG Wednesday

The 29-year-old Paxton, a native of British Columbia, needed just 99 pitches over his nine innings in the Mariners' 5-0 win.

Seattle Mariners pitcher James Paxton threw the second no-hitter by a starting pitcher during the 2018 season on Tuesday.

James Paxton shows off his maple leaf tattoo after throwing a no-hitter against the Blue Jays.

And poetically, he did it at the Rogers Centre, with a Canadian crowd cheering him on and giving him a standing ovation at the end.

The Blue Jays started with a simple message after the sixth inning to spread awareness. "The fans were great".

Stroman blanked Minnesota over his last four innings but didn't get any run support as the Jays' bats fell silent against rookie Fernando Romero.

"Fastball is obviously my best pitch; they know it and I know it".

"That eighth inning, I think there were some calls", Gibbons said. And I was like I'm going to let it rip, top of the zone, see what happens.

"I'm gonna rear back and throw as hard as I can", the Canadian added, when asked about reaching 100mph on his final pitch.

"I had some family here tonight and friends [and it was] special to share it with them".

Paxton also walked Justin Smoak in the fourth.

Catcher Russell Martin sent Paxton's 95 miles per hour a long way.

"What a defence tonight".

All of that adds up to a game where the ball gets put in play less and less, making outings like Paxton's that much more possible.

The Mariners improved to 20-14 with the win. You know, when a bald eagle landed on him before a game.

The Mariners are 4-1 in Paxton's last five starts, are 8-3 in his last 11 road outings, and are 8-2 in his last 10 outings versus a team with a winning record. The league's strikeout percentage of 22.7, meanwhile, is its highest ever, topping the previous record of 21.6 set ... last year, which in turn broke the 21.1 mark set ... the year before.

Only five other times have the Mariners thrown a no-hitter, joining the ranks of Hisashi Iwakuma (2015), Felix Hernandez (2012, ideal game), Chris Bosio (1993), Randy Johnson (1990), and on June 8, 2012, the Mariners had a combined no-hitter when Kevin Millwood, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League, Tom Wilhelmsen in a 1-0 win over the Dodgers. Felix Hernandez threw a ideal game in 2012, and Randy Johnson tossed Seattle's first no-hitter in 1990. So over last two starts, Paxton has allowed five hits and zero runs over 16 innings while walking four and striking out 23.

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