ARLINGTON, Texas – San Diego Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove pitched the first no-hitter in his home team’s history, allowing just one running back in a 3-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night. the night.
The Padres were the only active MLB franchise without a no-hitter, and it came in their 8,206th regular-season game, from a 28-year-old who grew up on the street in El Cajon, California.
“It’s amazing to have the Padres uniform,” said Musgrove, who had never thrown a no-hitter at any level. “That it is the first in the history of the franchise, it is incredible.”
In just his second start with San Diego, Musgrove (2-0) struck out 10 and faced 28 batters, one over the minimum.
Padres manager Jayce Tingler let Musgrove go all the way because he was so efficient, and knowing what it would mean for a local player to end the franchise’s no-hitter drought in his 53rd season.
“I think in a way that he does, if it can be sweeter, more special to him, to do it growing up in San Diego and being his team, it’s about the perfect story written,” Tingler said.
The Rangers’ only base runner was Joey Gallo, who was hit by a two-out pitch in the fourth inning. José Treviño had a tough lineout to right field for the last out of the eighth, and David Dahl ripped the first out of the ninth right off second baseman Jake Cronenworth.
“There were like three different scenarios where I thought I’d lost it,” Musgrove said.
Musgrove (2-0), who threw 77 of his 112 pitches for strikes, is in his sixth season in the majors. He previously pitched for Houston (2016-17) and Pittsburgh (2018-20) and had never pitched a complete game in his previous 84 starts.
“I’m fucking exhausted man,” he said. “There was no way I was getting out of that game.”
It was the first no-hitter in the majors this season and only the second complete game.
The last major league no-hitter was thrown by Alec Mills of the Chicago Cubs on September 13, 2020 against Milwaukee. His catcher was Victor Caratini, who was also behind the plate for Musgrove.
San Diego acquired the right-hander as part of a seven-player, three-team trade on January 19. He pitched for Pittsburgh last season.
In his debut for San Diego, which arrived at home last Saturday, he struck out eight in six scoreless innings against Arizona. He had no tickets to win that game when he threw 57 of 78 pitches for strikes.
It was the fourth time a no-hitter was thrown against the Rangers. The last one had been by Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox on April 18, 2007.
According to Baseball-Reference, there were 307 no-hitters in MLB history before Musgrove and the Padres. That included 293 singles no-hitters and 14 no-numbers combined.
The Padres have been very close for the past 52 seasons. They were one out twice, most recently in a combined offering started by Aaron Harang against the Dodgers on July 9, 2011. Juan Uribe finished that no-hitter with a double by Luke Gregerson, then scored a batter later at a 1 -0 LA wins.
Wil Meyers put the Padres ahead to stay in the second inning with his RBI double, then scored from second base on Tommy Pham’s fly into deep right center field to make it 2-0 off Kohei Arihara (0-1). .
Arihara made his first start with the Rangers after pitching the past six seasons in Japan. He allowed five hits and three runs (two earned) in four innings. He made only 73 pitches.
Meyers’ double put Eric Hosmer at the plate from first base, though it took a nearly two-minute replay check for the secure call to stick. Hosmer put his left hand on the plate around the same time that receiver Treviño’s heavy tag hit him on the shoulder.
Meyers raced home after Leody Taveras caught Pham’s fly on the track in front of the Rangers bullpen on center-right. Taveras made a clear catch, but when he turned to throw the ball in, he pulled it out of his glove and rolled away from him.
Padres: CF Trent Grisham was at the top of the batting order after being reinstated from the 10-day disabled list. He missed the first seven games of the regular season due to a left hamstring strain suffered in mid-March. OF Brian O’Grady was sent to the alternate training site. Grisham was 2-of-4 with a double in the third, when he scored on a double by Manny Machado.
Rangers: Right reliever Matt Bush (right elbow swelling) and third baseman Brock Holt (right hamstring strain) were placed on the 10-day disabled list. Bush has pitched just three innings in his comeback from missing two and a half seasons due to twice undergoing elbow surgery. … LF David Dahl was out of the lineup, and manager Chris Woodward described him as a bit sick.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
RHP Chris Paddack (0-1) starts for the Padres, who will seek their sixth straight win over the Rangers. RHP Jordan Lyles (1-0) pitches for Texas.