Two weeks ago, pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was nothing more than a trading chip for Seattle, but on Wednesday, the 34-year-old Japanese-born Iwakuma flirted with perfection and tossed the fourth no-hitter in Mariners franchise history.
Iwakuma is only the second Japanese pitcher to throw a no-no in MLB history — Hideo Nomo threw one for the Dodgers and another for the Red Sox — and, at 34, he’s also the fourth oldest pitcher ever to complete the feat.
“To be honest with you, I never thought that I would accomplish this no-hitter. A lot of that goes to my teammates who played great defense today,” Iwakuma said through an interpreter after the game. “My family that was there today, I felt strong with them being around. I felt the fans a lot toward the end especially. It means a lot to me accomplishing this in a Seattle Mariners uniform.”