"Pretty unbelievable to have it happen against the Blue Jays, at home in Canada". "I'm just not executing the pitches I need to right now". "I was just out there throwing as hard as I could and guys were making every play behind me", Paxton told Rogers Sportsnet.
He (2-1) struck out seven and walked three batters in a 99-pitch masterpiece. Except Zunino's old-man strength sent it over the right-field wall for an opposite-field two-run home run and a Mariners 4-0 lead in the fourth inning.
The B.C. native threw the 1st no-hitter by a Canadian-born pitcher since Dick Fowler in 1945, helping Seattle to a 5-0 win over Toronto. He also hit the go-ahead two-run shot in the Mariners' eventual extra-innings win over the Angels on Saturday.
This is what Major League Baseball hitters are asked to face every single game, night in and night out: dozens upon dozens of pitchers, the great majority of whom can run it up to 95 miles per hour and beyond, like Paxton.
"It's very special", Paxton said after the game on the ROOT Sports broadcast. The no-hitter marks the sixth in franchise history for Seattle.
Paxton made his big-league debut in 2013 and made his first appearance in Toronto on September 22, 2014, getting hammered for nine runs, eight earned, on seven hits and six walks in 2.2 innings.
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Stroman blanked Minnesota over his last four innings but didn't get any run support as the Jays' bats fell silent against rookie Fernando Romero.
This outing was a lot better than his first game in Canada. He's looking for his first decision of the year. Toronto has been no-hit five times.
Toronto has been held without a home run in back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Mariners: LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-0, 3.57) is scheduled to make his second start of the season following five relief appearances. (Tango's method actually has Bundy's start as the worst of the season, with that formula generating a score of minus-9 for Moore).