The Seattle Mariners’ James Paxton no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday evening for Major League’s Baseball’s 299th no-hitter, a 5-0 win at Rogers Centre.
Paxton, a native of Ladner, British Columbia, walked three and struck out seven while holding the Blue Jays hitless to become the first Canadian to throw an MLB no-hitter in Canada. Kyle Seager made the most important defensive play of the effort, diving for a ball down the third base line and quickly throwing to first for the seventh inning’s third out.
The last Mariners no-no was 2 years, 8 months, 27 days ago by Hisashi Iwakuma on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at Safeco Field against the Baltimore Orioles.
The last no-hitter against the Blue Jays was 7 years, 1 day ago, when the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander, no-hit Toronto on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Rogers Centre.
Paxton, who wears No. 65, also became the highest-numbered pitcher to toss a no-no, topping 61 by the Boston Red Sox’s Clay Buchholz and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Josh Beckett.
Paxton’s no-hitter was the third thrown at Rogers Centre, formerly named the SkyDome. Oddly, none of the three were thrown by a Blue Jays pitcher.
|Oakland Athletics (AL)|
|Friday, June 29, 1990
Oakland Athletics 5, Toronto Blue Jays 0
(With Fernando Valenzuela’s no-hitter thrown in L.A. later that evening, Stewart’s gem marked the second time two no-hitters have been thrown on same day.)
|Detroit Tigers (AL)|
|Saturday, May 7, 2011
Detroit Tigers 9, Toronto Blue Jays 0
Rogers Centre (Toronto)
(His second of two no-hitters)