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Former UK pitcher throws no-hitter for the Mariners

A former Kentucky Wildcat threw a no-hitter in the major leagues Tuesday night.

James Paxton, one of the all-time strikeout leaders at Kentucky, no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto. In doing so, he became the first Canadian to throw a no-hitter in his home country.

The no-hitter was only the sixth in Seattle Mariners’ history and he did it on only 99 pitches. His last three pitches in the win were clocked at 98, 100, and 99 MPH.

Adding to the drama, Toronto drafted Paxton with the 37th overall pick in the 2009 MLB draft. However, he opted to return to UK for his senior season, only to be ruled ineligible over a contract with sports agent Scott Boras. Seattle picked him up in the fourth round of the following draft in 2010, and he has been a part of the Mariners organization ever since.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

5 Comments for Former UK pitcher throws no-hitter for the Mariners

    10:17 pm May 8, 2018 Permalink

    I’m not that big into baseball, but still congratulation to Mr. Paxton.

  2. SuperTroy18
    10:28 pm May 8, 2018 Permalink

    Been following him for years and he has been scratching the surface for the last four or five seasons. This success was bound to come sooner or later. Maybe not a no-no of THIS magnitude(!) but he was gonna dominate some teams. It is SO great to see a Cat at the top of the Majors. Not since Brandon Webb have we had a Kentucky guy at the top.

  3. John
    12:53 am May 9, 2018 Permalink

    Second BatCat alumni to win a no-hitter since Friday night as Walker Buehler threw 6 innings and 3 relievers pitched the last three innings of no-hit ball for the Dodgers as the LA Dodgers beat the LA Padres 4-0. Two no-hitters for UK alumni outside the US, is this unique for one university? Do we have a former BatCat who has pitched a no-hitter in the US? If so, this would be even rarer..

  4. John
    4:39 pm May 9, 2018 Permalink

    My bad.