The Lefty’s 99-pitch gem is second no-hitter by a Canadian-born player in baseball history.
Until now, Mariners left-hander James Paxton might have been best known nationally as the pitcher who had an eagle land on him in the outfield during a pregame ceremony gone wrong in Minneapolis earlier this year.
But all that changed in the last six days as the lanky 29-year-old lefty rung up a career-best 16 strikeouts last week against the A’s and then blew that performance away Tuesday by no-hitting the Blue Jays in his native Canada in a 5-0 victory for the Mariners.
“To have it happen in Canada. What are the odds?” said Paxton, who was drafted by Toronto in 2009, but didn’t sign until being selected by Seattle a year later. “It’s pretty amazing. Just very special. And against the Blue Jays? You couldn’t write this stuff.”
The 29-year-old became the fifth Mariners pitcher in history to throw a no-hitter, and the club also has one combined no-hitter. He’s just the second Canadian to fire a no-no, joining Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia A’s in 1945.
To celebrate James showed off his Canadian tattoo on his arm to the Jays fans for their applause.
What a milestone!
Credits: mlb.com & cbc.ca