SEATTLE (AP)/(CBS) — Mariners’ pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma threw a no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, becoming just the fifth player in Mariners franchise history to do so.
Wednesday’s 3-0 shut-out over Baltimore was the first complete game of Iwakuma’s career.
Talented but often injured since arriving from Japan in 2012, the 34-year-old native of Tokyo didn’t overpower the Orioles.
That’s not his style.
Instead, Iwakuma smartly used a biting splitter and precise control to throw the fourth individual no-hitter in franchise history and become the oldest pitcher since Randy Johnson in 2004 to throw a no-no.
“I can’t find the words to express my feelings,” Iwakuma said through an interpreter after the fourth no-hitter in the major leagues this season. “I’m truly happy.”
There have been just 246 no-hitters thrown since the beginning of the modern MLB era (1901). Iwakuma is the fourth pitcher to throw a no-hitter this season, joining Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels, Washington’s Max Scherzer and San Francisco’s Chris Heston.
The last American League pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Felix Hernandez — Iwakuma’s teammate — in his 2012 perfect game.
Several fan videos show Iwakuma’s last out:
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