Joe Musgrove ended one of baseball’s most famous droughts Friday night as he hurled the first no-hitter in Padres franchise history.
The right-hander blanked the Rangers 3-0 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Musgrove faced just one batter over the minimum (he hit Joey Gallo with a pitch in the fourth inning) and leaned on a sharp breaking ball to rack up 10 strikeouts.
“The slider was the pitch that I felt I could put wherever I wanted today,” he said in a postgame interview with Bally Sports San Diego.
It appeared for a second late in the game that the drought might continue. Rangers catcher Jose Trevino lined sharply to right field with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, but Padres right fielder Wil Myers raced in and snagged the drive to end the frame.
Musgrove completed the historic no-no three outs later with his 112th pitch of the night. He got Isiah Kiner-Falefa to ground out to shortstop Ha-Seong Kim. It was the first complete game of Musgrove’s career.
San Diego began play as a National League expansion club in 1969. The no-hitter came in the franchise’s 8,206th game. The Padres became the lone big league team without a no-hitter when the Mets ended their drought in 2012 courtesy of Johan Santana.
The 28-year-old Musgrove, a native of nearby El Cajon, Calif., was making just his second start for the Padres after being acquired by the club in an offseason trade with the Pirates.
He said in the postgame interview with Bally Sports that it was his first no-hitter ever.
“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, I thought that’s incredible,” he said.