Canadian pitcher James 'Big Maple' Paxton throws no-hitter against Blue Jays

12 May, 2018, 08:15 | Author: Laura Christensen
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In his previous start, Seattle Mariners lefty James Paxton had a chance at history.

Ryan Tepera (3-1) pitched one inning for the win and Tyler Clippard pitched around a leadoff single in the ninth to earn his first save. The next batter, Justin Smoak, slashed another double to centre to score pinch runner Anthony Alford, giving the Jays the 3-2 lead.

The ball bounces from the glove of Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and onto the back of Seattle Mariners' Ben Gamel as Gamel steals second base in the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Seattle. The next pitch was 100 miles per hour on the inside corner - the fastest pitch Paxton has thrown all season - for a called strike two.

TORONTO (AP) - After being held hitless by Seattle's James Paxton on Tuesday, the Toronto Blue Jays were looking to get their offense clicking again.

Talk about a memorable homecoming for Paxton, who is originally from British Columbia.

Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey says no one from the organization has told him he won't be returning next season after the team's playoff elimination. "That was very special and I just wanted to show them that I heard them and I was very grateful for their support".

"What a defense tonight". Those guys were making every play. "All of a sudden I see him throwing the ball to first base and I was just kinda shocked like I can't believe that just happened".

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. struck out, before Maile hit a single to left field to drive in Martin, advancing to second on the throw to home. "A lot of the pitchers in our bullpen feature three or four pitches, lot of different looks and I think that's why we're doing as well as we are". Ever since, his ERA has dipped, his average strikeouts went down and his fastball lost its velocity. Leake is 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.

With one run in and two out in the inning, Garcia walked Mitch Haniger and then hit Kyle Seager in the hand, prompting Gibbons to make a rare appearance to the mound when not taking someone out of the game. "Just trying to challenge guys with my stuff instead of trying to be so flawless picking at the corners", he said.

Toronto has recorded 20.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 14.4 over its last five.

In seven starts Stroman has posted a 7.71 ERA. He also had two DL stints, however, and made 24 starts, though that was a career high.

Paxton's season has taken off since a bald eagle mistakenly landed on his shoulder before a start last month.

Instead, they will be going for the series victory after defeating the Mariners 5-2 on Wednesday. In fact, with 99 pitches, it was just the 12th no-hitter since 1988 - when we first have pitch data - with fewer than 100 pitches, out of the 75 individual no-hitters thrown.


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