Joe Musgrove ended one of baseball’s most famous droughts on Friday night with the launch of the first scorer in franchise history, Padres.
The right-hander shut out the Rangers 3-0 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Musgrove faced a lone batter over the low (he hit Joey Gallo with a pitch in the fourth inning) and leaned over a sharp ball to rack up 10 strikeouts.
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“The cursor was the field I thought I could put where I wanted today,” he said in a post-game interview with Bally Sports San Diego.
It appeared a second late in the game that the drought could continue. Rangers wide receiver Jose Trevino snapped into right pitch with two strikeouts late in the eighth, but Padres right-back Wil Myers ran and hooked the player to end the frame.
Musgrove completed the historic no-no – and the first of the 2021 MLB season – three strikeouts later with his 112th pitch of the night. He forced Isiah Kiner-Falefa to step aside to arrest Ha-Seong Kim. It was the first full game of Musgrove’s career.
San Diego began playing as a National League expansion club in 1969. The non-hitter came in the 8,206th game of the franchise. The Padres became the only big league team without any hitters when the Mets ended their drought in 2012 thanks to Johan Santana.
Musgrove, 28, from El Cajon, Calif., Was only making his second start for the Padres after being acquired by the club in an off-season trade with the Pirates.
He said in the post-match interview with Bally Sports that it was his first striking step.
“It’s great to be able to have him in the Padres uniform, and for it to be the first in the franchise, I thought it was amazing,” he said.
Padres manager Jayce Tingler had relievers warming up behind Musgrove in the final three innings in case there was a need, but Musgrove made the decision to ride with him more easily by keeping his countdown.
“He was so effective,” Tingler told reporters.
The last no-hitter in the majors before Musgrove was Alec Mills’ gem for the Cubs against the Brewers in Milwaukee on September 13, 2020. Mills wide receiver that day was Victor Caratini, who was also behind the set for the no- from Musgrove. no. Caratini came to the Padres with Yu Darvish last December in one of many important offseason exchanges made by San Diego team president AJ Preller.
Musgove was quick to respond, “Vic was working” when asked what worked for him in the game. Musgrove mentioned Caratini’s ability to work with Darvish’s wide range of terrains.
“I think in the last three innings I don’t think I threw a single fastball. I think we were just emptying the tank with sliders and curved balls, a few cutters to get some quick outs. Vic just did an amazing job of knowing – it seemed like he knew when they were swinging the first pitch and he knew when they were taking it, ”Musgrove said.
“Victor is so reliable there,” Tingler said. “You start to get to the point where you don’t really want to talk to Joe too much, so we’re kind of communicating with Victor and (Caratini was saying) ‘He’s good, he’s good, everything’s still good, Carry on.’ So he was sort of our third over there late in the game. “