Morning Rewind, 8/13: No-hitters and parakeets
It happens a handful of times every season, but that doesn't mean we can't go berserk every time we see one.
Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma tossed the fourth no-hitter of the season on Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles. The 34-year-old joined the Mariners in 2012 after spending the previous 11 seasons in the Japanese League. It was the team's third no-hitter in the last four seasons.
Every no-no seems to have one particular sparkling play in the field that made the event possible, and this one was no different. In the ninth inning, with three outs to go, Kyle Seager made an incredible over-the-shoulder catch in foul ground to pull Iwakuma one batter close to the feat.
A few minutes later, the deed was done. Iwakuma got Gerardo Parra to fly out to center with two down in the ninth, and Mariners fans had seen the American League's first no-hitter since Seattle ace Felix Hernandez tossed one in August of 2012.
Mariners 3, Orioles 0
Around the League
Reds 7, Padres 3
Cincy avoided getting swept by the Padres, who had lost their previous six contests going in. Good for them.
Phillies 7, Diamondbacks 6
They may have the worst record in the bigs, but the Phils were able to outslug the D-Backs in their home park on Wednesday, bringing them up to a still-brutal 46-69 record.
Astros 2, Giants 0
It took five different pitchers, but the Astros locked down San Francisco to the tune of a five-hit shutout. Houston also had just five hits, but two of which drove in runs.
Mets 3, Rockies 0
Something weird happened at Citi Field Wednesday, and it had to do with Yoenis Cespedes and a parakeet. Nobody really knew why the outfielder was wearing a seemingly rule-breaking neon yellow arm sleeve. Innings later, a sweet little parakeet visited the ballgame. Cespedes later his hit first Mets home run, and New York took its third straight game from Colorado, 3-0.
Asked after the game about the arm sleeve, Cespedes said, "I knew there was a bird on the field and I wanted to look like the bird." Rally parakeet? Rally parakeet.
Marlins 14, Red Sox 6
Somehow, the Red Sox allowed Miami to put 14 runs across in a nine-inning game. A bold strategy, but not a great one.
Blue Jays 10, Athletics 3
The Blue Jays crushed baseballs and won a game. Also: Water is wet, the sky is blue and hot dogs are certainly not sandwiches.
Indians 2, Yankees 1
Coinciding with the recent Toronto surge, the Yankees are currently in the midst of an epic collapse, surrendering a six-game division lead in 10 days. Now in second, they'll need to figure some things out to put an end to the Jays' run.
Rays 9, Braves 6
Trailing 6-3 entering the bottom of the seventh, Tampa Bay brought around six runs in the inning, taking a 9-6 lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Cubs 3, Brewers 2
Fighting for their first playoff berth since 2008, the Cubs won via a walkoff for the 11th time this season. This one was courtesy of Miguel Montero, who got very wet shortly after winning it with a homer in the 10th.
White Sox 3, Angels 2
Both sides of Chicago featured walk-off action, as the White Sox pulled out a 13-inning victory over the Angels. Avasail Garcia did the honors with an RBI double, capping off a three-game sweep for the Chi Sox.
Tigers 7, Royals 4
Out of a playoff race for the first time since 2010, the Tigers are in unfamiliar territory, But they got the best out of the Royals -- who lead the American League -- on Wednesday.
Twins 11, Rangers 1
Three in the third, three in the fourth, four in the fifth. Outputs like that will usually lead to victories, and this was the case in Minnesota last night.
Cardinals 4, Pirates 2
Even at 33, Yadier Molina still can't help but get fired up after one of his trademark gun-downs from his knees. Oh, the Cardinals won. They do that often.
Dodgers 3, Nationals 0
With Kershaw on the mound, Los Angeles was able to shutout Washington for the second straight night. Bryce Harper struck out to end it, and is now batting .083 against Kershaw in his career.
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