The no-hitter marked the sixth in Mariners history, following exceptional efforts by Randy Johnson (1990), Chris Bosio (1993), Felix Hernandez (a flawless game in 2012) and Hisashi Iwakuma (2015). Oakland's Sean Manaea would be the first, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers quartet of Walker Buehler, Yimi Garcia, Adam Liberatore and Tony Cingrani in their team no-hitter against the San Diego Padres.
Paxton told reporters that some of his family and friends were at the game and it was special he could share this with them. Over nine innings in Toronto, the big Canadian lefty struck out seven Blue Jays and needed just 99 pitches to finish the job, throwing as hard as 100 miles per hour in his final frame. "I really appreciate their cheers after the game, supporting me being Canadian".
"Fastball is obviously my best pitch; they know it and I know it". "And to be just himself in a moment like that was just awesome".
"The fans were great", he said.
From Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times, "According to Stats Inc., Paxton is the first American League pitcher to record a 16-strikeout game and a no-hitter in the same season since Nolan Ryan accomplished the feat for the Texas Rangers in the same game on May 1, 1991 - against the Toronto Blue Jays". Dick Fowler is the other, but that came all the way back in 1945 as a member of the Philadelphia Athletics.
"If that ball gets by you, it would've been hard to get any sleep tonight", Seager said.
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Paxton (2-1) struck out seven, walked three and benefited from an outstanding play by Seager. "And to see him dive down that line and no-look that throw, I was nearly in shock".
Paxton was a first-round draft pick by Toronto in 2009 out of the University of Kentucky, but didn't sign.
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The abysmal start marked the latest low point in a recent swoon for Bundy, who gave up just one home run over his first five outings this season, while notching a 1.42 ERA, but who has now allowed nine homers over his past three starts, while accounting for 19 earned runs in a total of nine innings. Felix Hernandez threw a flawless game in 2012, and Randy Johnson tossed Seattle's first no-hitter in 1990. Six outs away, the eighth inning, we had those balls hit very hard, right at people.
Mike Zunino hit a two-run homer as the Mariners improved to 12-6 on the road.
Bundy also became the first Orioles pitcher since 1954, the franchise's first season in Baltimore, to give up seven runs without recording an out (per the Baltimore Sun).