The 2015 Mariners season reached its last Wednesday, as Hisashi Iwakuma tossed a no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles. While he's long been one of the better pitchers in the American League, Iwakuma was an incredibly unlikely candidate for a no-no, having never thrown a complete game in his MLB career. It's moment's like these that provide another glimpse of sunlight in another unbearably stormy and depressing Mariners season.
The highlight of the celebration came via Felix Hernandez, who somehow found one of the promotional Iwakuma Bear Hats to wear.
Felix in the Iwakuma hat pic.twitter.com/pEyV2HXmD7— Jeff Sullivan (@based_ball) August 12, 2015
Thanks to Iwakuma, the Mariners now have pitched the last three American League no-hitters. The previous two came in 2012 courtesy King Felix's perfect game and the six-pitcher combined no-hitter started by Kevin Millwood. Unfortunately, the team still seems to be good at absolutely nothing else.
I much prefer the Mariners' run of having no-hitters to the Mariners' run of having no hitters— Jeff Sullivan (@based_ball) August 12, 2015
SPEAKING OF BASEBALL
Every time I go to a baseball game, I think: more activities should stop in the middle so everyone can sing a song from the 1910s together.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) August 12, 2015
After bursting onto the scene in 2013 with its debut LP The Bones of What You Believe, Scottish synthpop trio Chvrches is prepping for bigger and better things with its follow-up Every Open Eye (out September 25). With Lauren Mayberry's infectious and sugary vocals at the forefront, the band manages to tap into the beauty of new wave electronics while pushing the sound forward in a new pop directions, as is evident in the lyric video for the new track "Never Ending Circles." Chvrches heads to Seattle on October 14 for a headlining gig at the Paramount Theatre. Floor tickets have already sold out, but general admission balcony seats are still available.
SEAHAWKS SOAR (AND STUMBLE)
The Seahawks lost last Friday's preseason opener against the Broncos. Luckily for them, the preseason results are absolutely meaningless! (Oh no! Brock Osweiler out dueled the backup Seahawks QBs? All y'all 12s might as well start counting down the days until the 2016 NFL Draft at this point.) Still, it can be fun to see young players and new faces try to make an impact on the roster. The biggest play of the game for the Hawks came when rookie return man Tyler Lockett took a kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown. It looked almost effortless.
Unfortunately, the play was less enjoyable for Pete Caroll, who got jacked up by a ref.