ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — San Diego Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove pitched the primary no-hitter within the historical past of his hometown staff, permitting just one baserunner in a 3-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night time.
The Padres have been the one energetic MLB franchise with no no-hitter, and it got here of their 8,206th regular-season sport — from a 28-year-old who grew up simply down the highway in El Cajon, California.
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“It’s superior to have or not it’s in a Padres uniform,” stated Musgrove, who had by no means thrown a no-hitter at any degree. “To have or not it’s the primary within the historical past of the franchise, that’s unbelievable.”
In solely his second begin for San Diego, Musgrove (2-0) struck out 10 and confronted 28 batters, one over the minimal.
Padres supervisor Jayce Tingler let Musgrove go the gap as a result of he was so environment friendly — and understanding what it will imply to have a hometown participant finish the franchise’s no-hitter drought in its 53rd season.
“I believe in a method that makes it, if it may be any sweeter, any extra particular for him, to do it rising up in San Diego and this being his staff, it’s in regards to the excellent story written,” Tingler stated.
The one Rangers baserunner was Joey Gallo, who was hit by a pitch with two outs within the fourth inning. Jose Trevino had a tough lineout to proper subject for the ultimate out of the eighth, and David Dahl ripped the primary out of the ninth proper at second baseman Jake Cronenworth.
“There was like three completely different eventualities the place I assumed I misplaced it,” Musgrove stated.
Musgrove (2-0), who threw 77 of his 112 pitches for strikes, is in his sixth main league season. He beforehand pitched for Houston (2016-17) and Pittsburgh (2018-20) and by no means had thrown a whole sport in his earlier 84 profession begins.
“I’m freaking exhausted, man,” he stated. “There was no method I used to be popping out of that sport.”
It was the primary no-hitter within the majors this season and solely the second full sport.
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The majors’ final no-hitter was thrown by the Chicago Cubs’ Alec Mills on Sept. 13, 2020 in opposition to Milwaukee. His catcher was Victor Caratini, who was additionally behind the plate for Musgrove.
San Diego acquired the massive righty as a part of a seven-player, three-team commerce on Jan. 19. He pitched for Pittsburgh final season.
In his debut for San Diego, which got here at residence final Saturday, he struck out eight in six scoreless innings in opposition to Arizona. He had no walks in successful that sport, when he threw 57 of 78 pitches for strikes.
It was the fourth time a no-hitter was thrown in opposition to the Rangers. The final had been by Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox on April 18, 2007.
In keeping with Baseball-Reference, there had been 307 no-hitters in MLB historical past earlier than Musgrove and the Padres. That included 293 particular person no-hitters and 14 mixed no-nos.
The Padres had their share of shut calls the previous 52 seasons. They got here inside one out twice, most lately on a mixed bid began by Aaron Harang in opposition to the Dodgers on July 9, 2011. Juan Uribe ended that no-hitter with a double off Luke Gregerson, then scored a batter later in a 1-0 LA win.
Wil Meyers put the Padres forward to remain within the second inning together with his RBI double, then scored from second base on Tommy Pham’s flyout to deep right-center to make it 2-0 in opposition to Kohei Arihara (0-1).
Arihara made his first begin for the Rangers after pitching the final six seasons in Japan. He allowed 5 hits and three runs (two earned) over 4 innings. He threw solely 73 pitches.
The double by Meyers acquired Eric Hosmer residence from first base, although it took a replay evaluation of almost two minutes for the secure name to face. Hosmer acquired his left hand on the plate about the identical time catcher Trevino’s sweeping tag acquired him on the shoulder.
Meyers raced residence after after Pham’s flyball was caught by Leody Taveras on the observe in entrance of Rangers bullpen in right-center. Taveras made a transparent catch, however when he turned to throw the ball again in, he scooped it out of his glove and it rolled away from him.
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