Joe Musgrove threw the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres history.
Musgrove, one of the many pitchers The padres acted for this past off-seasonwas a brilliant Friday night against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. He hit 10 and didn’t go over 112 spaces. The only batsman to reach the base for the Rangers was Joey Gallo, who was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning.
It was as close as possible to a perfect game without recording one, with Musgrove facing just 28 batters.
Even so, the no-hitter will work well for a Padres franchise that has never seen one since its inception in 1969. They were the only active MLB franchise that had at least one no-hitter entering on Friday night. Now, 8,206 games since its inception, they have one.
It was the first no-hitter of the 2021 MLB season.
“I don’t even know what to say, it hasn’t really started,” Musgrove said on the Padres TV show’s post game. “I’m fucking exhausted, man. That was like the maximum concentration I’ve ever had. (Pitching Trainer) Larry (Rothschild) made me realize that I only focus on one pitch at a time.” Just like I went all the way through the game. That’s as deep as I’ve gone into a game this year, from six innings to nine innings, that’s quite a jump, but there’s no way I’m getting out of this game. ”
Musgrove, a 28-year-old high school student in nearby El Cajon, California, came to San Diego this off-season after three years with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He spent the previous two seasons with the Houston Astros and was a member of the 2017 World Series Championship team.
“Everyone dreams of getting a chance to throw a no-hitter,” said Musgrove. “I’ve never thrown a no-hitter in my life so my first came on this field today. It’s great to be able to wear him in a Padres uniform and be the first for the franchise.” That’s incredible.”
Musgrove got off to an excellent start with his new team in 2021. The Friday night no-hitter followed a three-hit no-run-out over six innings on his Padres debut on April 3 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.