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The Padres Get off the Never No-Hit List as Joe Musgrove Throws to Only 28 Batters

Last night, the San Diego Padres finally picked up their first franchise no-hitter. It happened at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas where the Padres were visiting the Texas Rangers. The starting pitcher for the Padres was San Diego native Joe Musgrove. This was the 306th no-hitter that MLB officially recognizes. So basically this happens on average twice a year.

This was the fifth time the Texas Rangers/Washington Senators have been no-hit in their franchise history. One time as the Washington Senators and now four times as the Texas Rangers.

Sonny Siebert threw a no-hitter as Cleveland beat Washington 2-0 on June 10, 1966. Jim Colborn threw a no-hitter as Kansas City beat Texas 6-0 on May 14, 1977. Mike Witt threw a perfect game as the California Angels beat Texas 1-0 on September 30, 1984. Mark Buehrle threw a no-hitter as the Chicago White Sox beat Texas 6-0 on April 18, 2007. And now, Joe Musgrove has thrown a no-hitter as the San Diego Padres beat Texas 3-0 on April 9, 2021.

This was the 8,206th game for the San Diego Padres. So they went 8,205 games without a no-hitter. Since the Padres became a franchise in 1969, it took 52 seasons and a week to get this checked off their list. This surpasses the New York Mets, who had gone 8,019 games without a no-hitter until Johan Santana threw a no-hitter on June 1, 2012.

However, the all-time record goes to the Philadelphia Phillies. They went 8,945 games without a no-hitter from May 3, 1906 through June 21, 1964 when Jim Bunning finally ended their streak.

The only baserunner that Joe Musgrove allowed the entire night was Joey Gallo, who was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning.

For the final out in the 9th inning, Musgrove threw an 0-1 curveball to Isiah Kiner-Falefa as he grounded out to shortstop Ha-Seong Kim. Musgrove had his breaking balls working last night. This has been something he has been working on since trying to crack the Houston Astros rotation in 2017.

The last 3 years, Musgrove has been pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He will face the Pirates for his next start. Although Musgrove’s record was 1-5 last season, he did strikeout 55 in 39 2/3 innings. This was the first season of his MLB career that he had more strikeouts than innings pitched. Musgrove struck out 10 batters last night in his 9 innings pitched. He also only threw 112 pitches.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the Padres had no-hit their opponents through eight innings a total of 23 times before last night.

Musgrove is on a roll right now. Dating back to last year, he has thrown 31 shutout innings. His last start, he threw 6 shutout innings on 78 pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The last MLB no-hitter was on September 13, 2020. Alec Mills threw a no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs. The catcher that day for the Cubs was Victor Caratini. The catcher last night for the Padres: Victor Caratini.

The only other player to catch no-hitters for two different teams in consecutive seasons was Tim McCarver with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1971 and Montreal Expos in 1972.

There have been a total of 5 pitchers who have thrown a no-hitter but missed the perfect game thanks to a hit-by-pitch. Musgrove joins Hooks Wiltse (1910), Lew Burdette (1960), Kevin Brown (1997), and Max Scherzer (2015). Both Wiltse and Scherzer hit the 27th batter, and Wiltse needed 10 innings to complete his no-hitter.

Chris Young, now general manager of the Rangers team that Musgrove no-hit, three times threw at least seven innings of no-hit ball for the Padres but never was able to get to the full 9 innings without allowing a hit. One time, he got to 8 1/3 of no-hit ball, before Joe Randa hit a homerun off of him. He was in attendance last night to watch Musgrove complete the no-hitter.

There have been 30 one-hitters thrown by Padres pitchers before last night.

With the Padres ending their drought last night, the new longest no-hit drought belongs to the Cleveland Indians. The Cleveland team last had a no-hitter on May 15, 1981. Len Barker threw a perfect game that day, almost 39 years ago.

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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 03: Joe Musgrove #44 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the first inning of a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at PETCO Park on April 03, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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