Seattle Mariners’ starting pitcher James Paxton threw the sixth no-hitter in franchise history in his first complete game of his career. The Mariners picked scored five runs as the veteran lefty absolutely dominated the Toronto Blue Jays.
The closest Paxton came to giving up a hit was when Kevin Pillar ripped a grounder down the third base line, but Kyle Seager showed off his glove and arm to preserve the no-hitter.
Left fielder Ben Gamel crashed into the wall in the bottom of the eighth inning after catching a hard hit fly ball. But other than that Paxton was in complete control of the game and regularly induced soft contact which led to an incredibly low ground ball rate of 52.6% this season
The Big Maple ended the night with seven strikeouts and retiring the last 16 batters he faced. Paxton’s no-no happened despite his struggles early as all three walks occurred in the first half of the game, but the left-hander settled down to become the second Canadian to throw a no-hitter at the major league level.
Seattle’s offense scored all five of its runs between the third and fifth innings to help secure the squads 20th win of the season.
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