Just another no-hitter
So a few years ago I had the good fortune of shooting a perfect game by Felix Hernandez.
It was a Wednesday day game in August against an average team from the AL East.
Today (August 12th) there was a day game scheduled against the AL East third place Baltimore Orioles, and what happens? Hisashi Iwakuma throws a no-hitter – the first in the American League since Felix’s in 2012 – but misses a perfect game by three walks. Just another no-hitter, the fifth in Mariners history.
It started off with a line drive at left fielder Brad Miller for the game’s first out. From what I observed (I was transmitting for a good portion of the game and probably missed 5-6 outs), it was probably the closest Baltimore came to getting a hit the entire day. This also happened to be the second frame I shot the entire day.
There wasn’t a whole lot to shoot through the game besides Iwakuma, so I won’t bore you with photos related to the three runs that the Mariners scored.
Unfortunately there was some scattered showers starting around the third inning, so this was one of the last frames of Iwakuma that I shot in full daylight. The shadow of the roof closing
I moved behind home plate for the fifth inning.
Then to the first base side for the duration of the game starting in the seventh.
Iwakuma seemed pretty relaxed in the dugout after the eighth and flashes a sly smile as he is obviously aware of how close he is to a career achievement few have.
Then, rather quickly, Iwakuma got the final out of the ninth inning. I decided I wanted to have something wider than my usual super-telephoto lens to show atmosphere of the moment, but unfortunately the play was a fly ball to left field so he turned away from me to watch it. I really don’t want to be greedy having seen three no hitters in person (and shot two), but why couldn’t it have been a fly ball to right field?
I guess the beauty of baseball is it’s sheer unpredictability. There can be hundreds of forgettable results and photos of no real historical significance. Then you happen to show up for work and stumble into something truly remarkable.