No-Canada! Mariners' Paxton pitches no-hitter in Toronto

ABS-CBN Sports on May 09, 2018 09:58 AM
No-Canada! Mariners' Paxton pitches no-hitter in Toronto
FILE - Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton throws to an Oakland Athletics batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 2, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

By Ian Harrison, Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners became the first Canadian to pitch a no-hitter in his home country, shutting down the Blue Jays 5-0 Tuesday night.

Paxton joined Dick Fowler of the 1945 Philadelphia Athletics as the only Canadians to throw a no-hitter.

Coming off a career-high 16 strikeouts in his last start, Paxton (2-1) was electric once again, hitting 100 mph with his fastball while retiring Josh Donaldson on a grounder to end it.

Paxton struck out seven, walked three and benefited from an outstanding play by third baseman Kyle Seager. With two outs in the seventh, Seager made a full-length diving stop on speedy Kevin Pillar’s grounder down the line, then slung an off-balance throw that first baseman Ryon Healy snagged on one hop.

The 29-year-old lefty threw 99 pitches in tossing the third no-hitter in the majors this year — with all three coming in different countries.

Oakland’s Sean Manaea pitched one against Boston on April 21 in California. Four Los Angeles Dodgers combined to no-hit San Diego in Mexico last Friday.

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