Seattle's Iwakuma has no-hitter against Orioles
(Reuters) - Seattle Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma threw a no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday in a 3-0 victory that made him the just the second Japanese pitcher to accomplish the feat.
Iwakuma, who improved to 4-2 in an injury-hit season, joined Hideo Nomo, who tossed two no-hitters, as he struck out seven and walked three at Seattle's Safeco Field in his first career complete game.
The 34-year-old Japanese threw 116 pitches featuring a devastating splitter as he registered the first American League no-hitter since his team mate Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Aug. 15, 2012.
"I missed a lot of time in the first half, two and a half months that I couldn't help my team at all," Iwakuma said through an interpreter in a report on mlb.com.
"That's all I have in mind, come back and give it all I've got. Every start I have, make up for the lost time that I've had the first half and do everything to contribute for the team."
Iwakuma had been the subject of trade rumors as the deadline approached since pre-season favorite Seattle had fallen far off the pace in the American League West.
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon rejected that possibility.
"I would've been going with him," McClendon said about the crafty right-hander who has a 42-22 career record for Seattle.
Iwakuma said he did not remember carrying a no-hitter beyond the fifth inning of any game. Continued...