ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – San Diego Padres-righthanded Joe Musgrove threw the first no-hitter in his hometown team's history and allowed only one runner on Friday-evening in a 3-0 win over the Texas Rangers.
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 growing up in El Cajon, California.
“It's great to have it in a Padres uniform,” said Musgrove, who had never thrown a no-hitter before. "To have it the first in the franchise's history, that's unbelievable."
In only his second start for San Diego, a franchise that played its first game in 1969, Musgrove (2-0) struckout 10 and faced 28 batters, one over the minimum.
Padres manager Jayce Tingler pushed Musgrove to the limit for being so efficient – and knowing what it would mean if a hometown player put an end to the franchise's no-hitter drought in its 53rd season.
“I think in a way that if it could be even sweeter and more special for him, to grow it up in San Diego and because this is his team, it's about the perfect written story,” said Tingler.
The lone Rangers runner was Joey Gallo, who was hit by a pitch with two outs in the fourth inning. Jose Trevino had a hard lineout to the right for the final of the eighth and David Dahl tore the first from the ninth right off second baseman Jake Cronenworth.
"There were three different scenarios where I thought I lost it," said Musgrove.
Musgrove (2-0), who threw 77 of his 112 places for strikes, is in his sixth Major League-season. He previously pitched for Houston (2016-17) and Pittsburgh (2018-20) and had never pitched a complete game in his previous 84 career starts.
"I'm exhausted, man," he said. "There was no way I got out of that game."
It was the first no-hitter in the majors this season and only the second complete game.
The final no-hitter of the majors was pitched by the Chicago Cubs' Alec Mills on September 13, 2020 against Milwaukee. His catcher was Victor Caratini, who also was behind the plate for Musgrove.
San Diego acquired the big righty as part of an exchange for seven players and three teams on January 19. He pitched for Pittsburgh last season.
In his debut for San Diego, which came home last Saturday, he struckout eight batters in six scoreless innings against Arizona. He had no walk to win that game, when he threw 57 of 78 pitches for strikes.
It was the fourth time that a no-hitter had been thrown against the Rangers. The last was on April 18, 2007 by Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox.
According to Baseball-Reference, there were 307 no-hitters in MLB history before Musgrove and the Padres. That included 293 individual no-hitters and 14 combined no-nos.
The Padres have had their share of close calls for the past 52 seasons. They were out twice in one, most recently on a combined bid started by Aaron Harang against the Dodgers on July 9, 2011. Juan Uribe closed that no-hitter with a double off Luke Gregerson, then later scored a batter in a 1- 0 LA win.
Wil Myers put the Padres ahead to stay in the second inning with his RBI-double, then scored from second base on Tommy Pham & # 39; s flyout to deep right-center to make it 2-0 against Kohei Arihara (0-1).
Arihara made his first start for the Rangers after pitching in Japan for the last six seasons. He gave up five hits and three runs (two earned) in four innings. He threw only 73 pitches.
The double by Myers brought Eric Hosmer home from first base, although it needed a replay review of almost two minutes before the safe call was held. Hosmer put his left hand on the plate at about the same time that catcher Trevino's waving tag got him on the shoulder.
Myers raced home after Pham & # 39; s flyball was caught by Leody Taveras on the track in front of the Rangers bullpen in the center of center. Taveras made a clear catch, but when he turned to throw the ball back in, he took it out of his glove and rolled away from him.
THE TRAINER'S ROOM
Padres: CF Trent Grisham topped the batting order after recovering from the list with 10 days injured. He missed the first seven games of the regular season due to a left hamstring strain that he sustained in mid-March. OR Brian O'Grady was chosen for the alternative training site. Grisham was 2 for 4 with a double in the third, when he scored on a double by Manny Machado.
Rangers: Right-handed reliever Matt Bush (right elbow infection) and third baseman Brock Holt (right hamstring strain) were put on the list with 10 days injured. Bush has pitched only three innings in his comeback after missing 2 1/2 seasons due to two elbow surgery. … LF David Dahl was out of the line-up, and manager Chris Woodward described him as being a little under the weather.
RHP Chris Paddack (0-1) starts for the Padres, who will go for their sixth consecutive victory over the Rangers. RHP Jordan Lyles (1-0) pitches for Texas.