WATCH: Seattle Mariners Hisashi Iwakuma tosses no-hitter in shut out of Baltimore Orioles

  • David Whitlock

The fourth no-hitter of 2015 was tossed on Wednesday afternoon by an unlikely culprit.  Note that Hisashi Iwakuma isn’t the surprise.  It’s the fact that he plays in the American League.  The league with the Designated Hitter had not seen a no-hitter since 2012, when Iwakuma’s former Cy Young Award winning teammate Felix Hernandez accomplished the task with a perfect game.  Tim Lincecum (SF) and Homer Bailey (CIN) had each thrown two no-nos since the last AL one.  Watch as Iwakuma’s teammates mob the Japanese hurler after getting the final out against the Baltimore Orioles (via MLB.com)

And here is the complete list of no-hitters since Hernandez perfecto in 2012

  1. 7/25/2015 Cole Hamels (PHI)
  2. 6/20/2015 Max Scherzer (WSH)
  3. 6/9/2015 Chris Heston (SF)
  4. 9/28/2014 Jordan Zimmermann (WSH)
  5. 9/1/2014 Cole Hamels (combined) (PHI)
  6. 6/25/2014 Tim Lincecum (SF)
  7. 6/18/2014 Clayton Kershaw (LAD)
  8. 5/25/2014 Josh Beckett (LAD)
  9. 9/29/2013 Henderson Alvarez (MIA)
  10. 7/13/2013 Tim Lincecum (SF)
  11. 7/2/2013 Homer Bailey (CIN)
  12. 9/28/2012 Homer Bailey (CIN)
  13. 8/15/2012 Felix Hernandez (SEA)

The no-hitter puts a positive spin on what has been a disappointing season for the Mariners.  After making a big free agent splash the past two seasons, acquiring Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz, the club was expected to contend in the competitive American League West.  Instead, they’re on pace for their 9th losing season in 12 years.  The Mariners also have not made the playoffs in 14 years.  Iwakuma himself has been disappointing, battling injuries the kept him out of action in all of May and June.  The past two seasons, the 34-year-old had won 29 games with an ERA near 3.00.  This was his fourth win with an ERA just under 4.00 after this performance.

Iwakuma joins Hernandez, Randy Johnson, Chris Bosio, and Kevin Millwood as the five Mariners who have thrown no-hitters (Millwood in a combined effort)

But for one day, Iwakuma wears the king’s crown in Seattle instead of a certain Felix.

– David Whitlock

Featured Image Credit: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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