Hisashi Iwakuma has become the fifth Seattle Mariners pitcher to throw a no-hitter on Wednesday with a 3-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Iwakuma was dominating in his complete game performance striking out seven and walking three throughout his 116 pitch outing.
His first walk came in the fourth to Manny Machado, which ended his chance at a perfect game.
There were a few close calls. In the fourth, Gerardo Parra hit a ground ball to Robinson Cano with a runner at first, but Cano was able to make a great play in short right field getting a fielder’s choice at first to keep the no hitter intact.
Then, in the ninth, Kyle Seager made a great play in foul territory on a pop up by David Lough with an over the shoulder grab for the first out. Seager then assisted on the second out for a 5-3 putout of Manny Machado. The final out was a line drive by Gerardo Parra that may have been the closest thing to a hit. However, center fielder Austin Jackson got a good jump to record the final out.
The Mariners tacked their runs on in the third on an RBI double by Franklin Gutierrez and then on an RBI single by Robinson Cano. In the fifth, Jesus Sucre doubled to score Austin Jackson. That was all the Mariners needed on this magical day at Safeco Field.
Iwakuma’s no hitter makes this the third straight American League no hitter thrown by the Mariners dating back to their combined no-hitter on June 6th, 2012 which was followed by Felix Hernandez‘s perfect game.