Joe Musgrove made a extremely good first impression with the Padres final Saturday, tossing six innings of three-hit ball with eight strikeouts and no walks in his debut along with his hometown membership after coming over from the Pirates in a three-team commerce in January.
For an encore, the 28-year-old from El Cajon went out and made historical past.
Friday evening in Texas, Musgrove threw the primary no-hitter in Padres historical past, 8,204 video games into their existence. That’s just a bit over a season greater than it took the Mets to get their first no-no, when Johan Santana did it in 2012. In line with nonohitters.com, a web site previously dedicated to monitoring the Mets’ quixotic quest for a gem, the longest no-hit drought in historical past nonetheless belongs to the Phillies, who went 8,945 video games between no-hitters from 1906 to 1964.
The longest drought within the majors now belongs to Cleveland, which is arising on 40 years since Len Barker’s excellent recreation towards the Blue Jays at Cleveland Stadium.
However what a couple of streak? Victor Caratini, who was behind the plate for the Padres on Friday, additionally caught the final no-hitter within the majors, when Alec Mills of the Cubs blanked the Brewers final September in Milwaukee. Caratini is the primary catcher to be behind the plate for back-to-back no-hitters within the majors since Ryan Hanigan of the Reds caught Homer Bailey’s no-nos in 2012 and 2013. No person’s ever carried out the trick of splitting consecutive main league no-hitters taking part in for various groups.
Now that the Padres lastly have their no-hitter, the world’s focus can shift to the Miami Marlins, who’ve by no means had a participant hit for the cycle. The Marlins are also one in every of three groups that has by no means gained their present division, together with the Rockies, and the Pirates, whose final division titles got here within the Nationwide League East in 1992.
A part of the issue for the Pirates may be buying and selling away pitchers like Musgrove, whom they received once they traded Gerrit Cole, whom they received with the No. 1 decide within the 2011 draft. That’s to not point out Charlie Morton, Tyler Glasnow, J.A. Happ, Jameson Taillon, and Trevor Williams — possibly it’s not such a thriller why Pittsburgh has by no means gained the Central… and in addition don’t have a no-hitter this century, with their drought going again to 1997, when Francisco Córdova and Ricardo Rincón mixed for a 10-inning no-no towards the then-Central rival Astros.
Musgrove was simply 4 years previous.