Mariners pitcher James Paxton was perfect on Tuesday night — literally — as he compiled a no-hitter against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
The feat was special for Paxton, who grew up in Toronto, and actually had the worst outing of his career when he first pitched there (getting torched for nine runs).
Paxton struck out seven batters, and also walked three. Most importantly, though, when he took the bump in the ninth inning, his velocity was still there. He was consistently hitting 98-99 mph, even 100, and actually hit 99 mph on the final pitch of the game, which produced a ground ball out.
Paxton himself admitted that the final inning featured a lot of heaters, and that was pretty much the plan.
He was exceptional, but let’s not forget about Kyle Seager’s amazing snag to preserve the no-hitter.
What a performance.