James Paxton pulled off a rather unique Canadian experience. Paxton is Canadian, threw a no-hitter in Canada against a Canadian-based team. Paxton pulled off the effort last night for the Seattle Mariners with a 5-0 shutout over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Paxton is only the second Canadian ever to throw a no-hitter. Dick Fowler hurled one for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1945 following his return from the Canadian Army in World War II.
Known as "Big Maple," Paxton struck out 7 and walked 3 with 99 pitches, 64 for strikes.
Ladner, BC's James Paxton has the 2nd ever no-hitter by a pitcher born in Canada & he does it on home soil to join Toronto-born Dick Fowler (who had his almost 73 years ago) pic.twitter.com/U5WEQ6k1WG— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) May 9, 2018
A Ladner, B.C., native, Paxton was originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays. Paxton was the 37th overall pick for the Blue Jays in the 2009 draft. He didn't end up signing with the team.
The Blue Jays Twitter feed had a lot of fun with trying to jinx the no-hitter. This was only the second no-hitter pitched against Toronto in the Twitter era.
There were 5 previous no-hitters on Canadian soil.
- October 2, 1972 Bill Stoneman Montréal Expos New York Mets 7-0
- May 10, 1981 Charlie Lea Montréal Expos San Francisco Giants 4-0
- June 29, 1990 Dave Stewart Oakland Athletics Toronto Blue Jays 5-0
- May 23, 1991 Tommy Greene Philadelphia Phillies Montréal Expos 2-0
- May 7, 2011 Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers Toronto Blue Jays 9-0
Stoneman threw 2 no-hitters for the Expos (one in Philadelphia in 1969) and the only no-hitter at Jarry Park. Lea threw the only no-hitter at Olympic Stadium for the Expos. Stewart joined Toronto shortly after his no-hitter. Greene is the only visitor to throw a no-hitter in Montréal.
The Expos have been involved in 8 no-hitters. Larry Dierker (Houston), Bob Forsch (St. Louis), and David Cone (New York Yankees) threw no-hitters (Cone's effort was a perfect game) on U.S. soil. Greene's no-hitter came in Montréal. There were 4 no-hitters thrown by Montréal pitchers: 2 by Stoneman, 1 by Lea, and Dennis Martinez's el perfecto in Los Angeles in 1991.
The Blue Jays have been involved in 5 previous no-hitters. Dave Steib has the only Toronto no-hitter on September 2, 1990 in Cleveland. Len Barker threw a perfect game against Toronto in Cleveland in 1981. Besides Stewart and Verlander pulling off no-hitters in Toronto. Nolan Ryan hurled a no-hitter in Texas against the Blue Jays in 1991.
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