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On June 2, 1990, Seattle Mariners history was made.
On that day, Randy Johnson pitched the first no-hitter in Seattle Mariners franchise history. The towering lefty blanked the Detroit Tigers 2-0 at the Kingdome, giving the franchise its first no-no in its 14-season history.
With the 30-year anniversary of that first Mariners no-hitter coming Tuesday, it seemed an appropriate time to ponder Seattle’s no-hitter history.
Mariners pitches have now thrown six no hitters. Here a glance at them in chronological order:
1) Randy Johnson, June 2, 1990
Johnson was just in the beginning stages of evolving into the dominant pitcher he became when he threw the first no-hitter in franchise history. Before 20,014 fans at the Kingdome, he walked six and struck out eight in what was the first of his two career no-hitters.
2) Chris Bosio, April 22, 1993
Bosio, Seattle’s big free-agent pitching addition prior to the 1993 season, showed early in the season why the Mariners pursued him. In front of 13,604 at the Kingdome, Bosio walked two and struck out four as Seattle beat the Boston Red Sox 7-0.
3) Six pitchers, June 8, 2012
It was 19 years before Seattle had another no-hitter, and it took a record six pitchers to pull it off in front of 22,028 at Safeco Field. Kevin Millwood pitched six innings before coming out because of injury, and relievers Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen finished it off as the Mariners beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0. The six combined to walk three and strike out nine.
4) Felix Hernandez, Aug. 15, 2012
Hernandez didn’t just throw a no-hitter, he pitched the only perfect game in franchise history and the most recent of the 23 perfect games in major-league history. The King thrilled a Safeco Field crowd of 21,889, striking out 14 in a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
5) Hisashi Iwakuma, Aug. 12, 2015
In front of a Safeco Field crowd of 25,661, Iwakuma threw just the second no-hitter ever in the majors by a Japanese pitcher. He walked three and struck out seven as the Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-0.
6) James Paxton, May 8, 2018
Paxton’s no-hitter is the only Mariners no-no tossed on the road, as he walked three and struck out seven in beating the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 before 20,513 at the Rogers Centre. Paxton not only was the second Canadian ever to throw a no-hitter in the majors, he also had the honor of being the first Canadian to throw a no-no on Canadian soil.
So which no-hitter do you think was the greatest in Mariners history? Cast your vote here: