Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/15/13
Anyone expecting James Paxton to be intimidated by a huge crowd and playoff-type environment would have been sorely disappointed. It turns out Paxton in only his second career start Saturday night didn’t even realize how big the Busch Stadium crowd actually was. Not that anyone heard much cheering from the 41374 fans during a 4-1 win by Paxton and a Mariners squad that held the St. Louis Cardinals to just three hits all night. “I was really just kind of locked in on the catcher” said Paxton who allowed two singles over six scoreless innings. “I didn’t really hear the crowd much. I kind of noticed how many people were there after they took me out of the game. “I said to somebody ‘Wow there’re a lot of people here huh?’ I just kind of stayed locked in and focused on what was going on.” Paxton became the first Mariners pitcher since Erik Hanson in 1988 to allow just one earned run over two inaugural career starts of at least six innings apiece. “He’s pitching in a very mature fashion
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