Bryce Harper had to be scratched from the Nationals’ starting lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers due to soreness in his left knee, but all is well with the 22-year-old superstar …
Harper is batting .333/.460/.650 with 29 home runs and 69 RBI this season for the Nationals, who are currently 2 1/2 games back of the Mets in the National League East standings.
Washington is 5 1/2 games behind the Cubs for the second NL Wild Card spot.
Hisashi Iwakuma threw his first career no-hitter Wednesday versus the O’s. Here’s how it ended …
Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager made an incredible catch in foul territory for the first out of the ninth inning. It seems like every no-hitter or perfect game has a signature, standout defensively play.
Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma has just completed the fourth no-hitter of the 2015 season.
The Japanese starter walked three batters but struck out seven in a historical 116-pitch effort as the Mariners defeated the visiting Orioles 3-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Seattle’s Safeco Field.
Iwakuma joins Randy Johnson, Chris Bosio, and Felix Hernandez as the only Mariners starters to throw a no-no. Kevin Millwood and five relievers also combined for a no-hitter against the Dodgers in 2012.
Iwakuma was thought to be a trade candidate at the July 31 deadline, but the Mariners opted to keep the 34-year-old impending free agent and he rewarded them Wednesday by stirring up one of the loudest home crowds Safeco Field has heard this season. It’s been a disappointing summer overall for the M’s, who carried postseason expectations after an active winter but stand 54-61 even after Wednesday’s victory.
Iwakuma has also breathed some much-needed life into his open-market value. He had a stellar 3.07 in 524 innings between 2012-2014 but entered his start Wednesday with a 4.41 ERA in 63 1/3 frames.
Those nine scoreless innings have pushed his season ERA down to 3.86.
The no-hitter was also Iwakuma’s first career complete game.