Joe Musgrove throws first no-hitter in Padres history

Jack Baer
·2 min read

The most hyped season in San Diego Padres history has now produced the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres history.

In his second start as a Padre, pitcher Joe Musgrove threw nine no-hit innings to blank the Texas Rangers on Friday and record the first no-no in club history. San Diego had been the only team in MLB without a no-hitter, but that has now changed thanks to a player born and raised in San Diego County:

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Behind Musgrove, the Padres posted a 3-0 win with RBIs from Wil Myers, Tommy Pham and Manny Machado. The lone blemish on Musgrove's night was a fourth-inning hit-by-pitch of Joey Gallo. His final line: 9 innings, 0 hits, 0 walks, 1 HBP, 10 strikeouts and 112 pitches. 

"I'm freaking exhausted man, that was the maximum level of focus I've ever had," Musgrove said after the game. "Everyone dreams of getting the chance to throw a no-hitter. I've never thrown a no-hitter in my life, so my first one came today on the field. 

"It's awesome to be able to have it be in a Padres uniform and for it to be the first one for the franchise. That's incredible."

The 28-year-old relied on a heavy diet of breaking balls throughout the night, throwing 34 sliders and 28 curveballs, plus 28 cutters. The Rangers had trouble with all three.

In attendance were 25,757 fans at the Rangers' Globe Life Field, thanks to the lifting of attendance restrictions in Texas.

Joe Musgrove trade working out so far for Padres

The Padres acquired Musgrove from the Pittsburgh Pirates in January, sending back a package of several prospects. The early returns are so far positive, as Musgrove posted six shutout innings with 8 strikeouts and 3 hits allowed in his first start with the team.

Musgrove's acquisition was part of a massive rotation overhaul for the Padres, who also acquired former Cy Young winner Blake Snell and last year's Cy Young runner-up Yu Darvish in trades last offseason. After going 37-23 last year, the Padres are hoping the moves will help them break the Los Angeles Dodgers' stranglehold on the NL West.

The no-hitter only counts as one win, improving the Padres' record to 5-3, but the team will take any sign it can get that this season will be a special one.

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