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 pitch 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.
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 championship team.
He’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 inning in his Padres debut April 3 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.