James Paxton's No-Hitter Is a Clear Product of Baseball's All-or-Nothing Era


And because more and more hitters have adopted swings geared toward putting lift on a ball and golfing it out of the park instead of level hacks created to make contact, they're going up against pitchers who have mostly abandoned two-seam fastballs or pitching low in the strike zone.

The score? A 5-0 victory for the Mariners.

Let's begin on a positive note, with Paxton. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder has a career 3.30 ERA.

DOMINANCE IS A HABIT - Paxton had 16 strikeouts over seven innings in his previous start, a no-decision against the Oakland Athletics that the Mariners went on to lose 3-2 on May 2.

He became just the second Canadian-born pitcher to throw a no-hitter, joining Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia A's. "It's kind of a special thing for me, having not lived in Canada for the past 10 years or so, it reminds me of home".

Paxton threw just 99 pitches while recording seven strikeouts and three walks.

James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners is pitching a no-hitter through eight innings against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Paxton raised his right arm, exposing the massive and elaborate maple leaf tattoo and pointed to it and then the crowd - this was for them.

By contrast, when Bundy left the field Tuesday, it was to a smattering of boos from those in attendance at Baltimore's Camden Yards.

If you feel like his name sounds familiar, it may be because he gained national media attention for his run in with an eagle last month. And he just gave us our third no-hitter of the season. He used 99 pitches and struck out seven on route to the milestone, getting former MVP Josh Donaldson to ground out to end the game. After starting the game by allowing an infield single to Kansas City's John Jay, the 25-year-old righty gave up consecutive home runs to Jorge Soler, Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez. He became only the eighth pitcher in Major League Baseball history to have more than 16 strikeouts in a game and then record a no-hitter in the same season, joining elite company that includes Max Scherzer (2015), Nolan Ryan (1991 and 1974) and Sandy Koufax (1962). "I really respect their cheers after the game and supporting me".

"Honestly, (my mind) was blank when the ball was hit and I was just watching", Paxton said of Seager's save. Mariners' Paxton pitches no-hitter in TorontoAP Photo FJT116, FJT115, FJT107, FJT122, FJT119, FJT117Eds: Mariners 5, Blue Jays 0.

He also saved Paxton's bacon in the seventh when he made a diving stab on a drive by Kevin Pillar.

Oakland Athletics' Sean Manaea tossed one on April 21 against the Red Sox in California, while four pitchers from the Los Angeles Dodgers combined on a no-hitter to beat San Diego last Friday in Mexico.