Joe Musgrove throws Padres’ first no-hitter vs. Texas Rangers


    Joe Musgrove has thrown the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres history. Musgrove, one of the many pitchers the Padres traded for this past offseason, was brilliant Friday night against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. He struck out 10 and walked none over 112 pitches. The only batter to reach base for the Rangers was Joey Gallo, who was hit by a rise in the bottom of the fourth inning.

    It was as close to a perfect game as you could get without recording one, with Musgrove facing just 28 batters. Still, the no-hitter will do just fine for a Padres franchise that had never experienced one since its founding in 1969. They were the only active MLB franchise without at least one no-hitter entering Friday night. Now, 8,206 games since their founding, they have one.

    It was the first no-hitter of the 2021 MLB season.  “I don’t even know what to say right now; it hasn’t really set in,” Musgrove said on the Padres’ TV broadcast postgame. “I’m frickin’ exhausted, man. That was like the maximum level of focus I’ve ever had.

    Joe Musgrove

    (Pitching coach) Larry (Rothschild) kept it in my mind that ‘just focus on one pitch at a time,’ the same way I’d been going all the way through the game. That’s as deep as I’ve gone into a game this year so far, going from six innings to nine innings, that’s quite a jump, but there’s no way I was coming out of that game.”

    Musgrove, a 28-year-old who attended high school in nearby El Cajon, California, arrived in San Diego this offseason following three years with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He spent the two seasons before that with the Houston Astros and was a member of their 2017 World Series team.

    “Everyone dreams of getting the chance to throw a no-hitter,” Musgrove said. “I’ve never even thrown a no-hitter in my life, so my first one came today on this 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.”

    Musgrove’s gotten off to a sterling start with his new team in 2021, Friday night’s no-hitter coming on the heels of a three-hit, no-runs outing over six innings in his Padres debut April 3 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.


    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here