“Big Maple” becomes only the second Canadian-born pitcher to throw a no-no in MLB history. Dick Fowler had previously been the only Canadian to accomplish the feat way back on Sept. 9, 1945, as a member of the Philadelphia Athletics.
Paxton saved some of his best stuff for last; staring down the Blue Jays’ most dangerous hitter in Josh Donaldson, Paxton brought the fire.
Donaldson grounded out. Game over.
Despite the three walks, Paxton was still very efficient in the outing, managing to not only throw a no-hitter but also a Maddux (complete game shutout on no more than 99 pitches).
That’s two dynamite starts in a row for Paxton, who threw seven shutout innings with a whopping 16 strikeouts against the Oakland Athletics on May 2. The Athletics jumped on the Mariners’ bullpen and eventually won, rendering Paxton’s impressive outing to a mere no-decision. That wasn’t going to happen on Tuesday. He finished what he started.
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