Mariners' Paxton pitches no-hitter against Jays in Toronto

Sherman Parsons
May 10, 2018

"It was like, man this is just insane". He forced Donaldson into a ground out with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to secure the no-hit bid. "I made a few pitches, got lucky a bunch of times - it was just our night". The fastball is obviously my best pitch - they know it, I know it. "I'm going to let it rip top of the zone and see what happens,"' Paxton said. In fact, he threw 100 miles per hour against the last batter he faced - Josh Donaldson, who hit a hard grounder to third.

While Paxton's performance was outstanding, his no-hitter hinged on an incredible play from Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, who saved the no-hitter in the bottom of the seventh inning when he stole a hit from Kevin Pillar. "There was just a weird feeling out there".

The Toronto Blue Jays are set to host the Seattle Mariners at Rogers Centre.

Paxton is not exactly a household name in baseball.

This outing was a lot better than his first game in Canada.

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Paxton, a native of Ladner, B.C., was drafted by the Blue Jays in 2009 but did not sign.

Paxton joined Dick Fowler of the 1945 Philadelphia Athletics as the only Canadians to throw a no-hitter. The 6-4, 235-pound lefty nicknamed "Big Maple" threw a no-hitter for Seattle that had extra significance because of where he did it.

And of course it came for a Canadian in Canada. "And I'm very honored to be the next guy after the first one". Unfortunately, the NCAA ruled him ineligible for contact with agent Scott Boras.

When the Blue Jays failed to sign him, they received the 38th overall pick in the 2010 draft as compensation, which they used to select right-hander Noah Syndergaard, four picks after they chose Aaron Sanchez with a compensatory pick for the departure of Marco Scutaro. And when you look at Paxton's history - well, this heat map probably speaks for itself. Bettors can also wager on the game's spread with the most recent runline odds sitting at +125 for the Mariners -1.5 runs and -145 for the Blue Jays +1.5 runs. "It just reminds me of home". It was special to share that with them.

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