In their 8,206th game as a franchise, the San Diego Padres finally joined the no-hitter club, as Joe Musgrove, a right-handed starter acquired during the off-season, thoroughly dominated the Texas Rangers in a 3-0 win on Friday.
Musgrove, 28, was masterful, throwing 112 pitches (77 for strikes) and striking out 10, with the only base runner for Texas being Joey Gallo, who was hit by a pitch with two outs in the fourth inning.
The Padres had been on the hook as the last franchise to throw a no-hitter since the Mets got one on June 1, 2012. Musgrove’s masterpiece was the 306th official no-hitter in major league history.
In a busy off-season, the Padres acquired Musgrove from the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of a three-team trade in which the Mets received Joey Lucchesi and the Pirates received four minor leaguers. Musgrove came into the season with a 29-38 career record, but he had closed the 2020 season strong, striking out a combined 21 batters in his final two starts. Cumulatively, in his final three starts for the Pirates and his first two starts with the Padres, he has thrown 31 consecutive scoreless innings.