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Elephant Rumblings: Joe Musgrove throws first no-hitter in Padres history

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While the Oakland A’s were celebrating their first series win of the 2021 season this weekend, getting back at the division rival Houston Astros who swept them to open the year, the rest of MLB was focused on an even more historic achievement.

The San Diego Padres joined the major leagues in 1969, and now entering their 53rd season they’d never thrown a no-hitter. Finally, in the 8,206th game in franchise history, they got one.

Padres starter Joe Musgrove pitched a no-hitter Friday against the Texas Rangers. He struck out 10 batters and didn’t issue any walks, with the only baserunner coming when he pegged Joey Gallo with a pitch in the 4th inning. The final pitch count was 112. Click here for the box score.

Making the moment even more special was that Musgrove was born and raised in San Diego. The right-hander was acquired over the offseason in a trade from the Pirates, and this was only his second start in a Padres uniform.

But wait! There’s yet another amazing detail to this story. Catcher Victor Caratini was also behind the plate for the majors’ last no-no, by Alec Mills of the Cubs in September 2020, meaning he’s received the last two no-hitters thrown in the majors. Caratini is the 11th backstop to do this, but the first ever to do so in two different uniforms, as all the others were still on the same team (and some even working with the same pitcher) for their repeats.

Musgrove’s response to the whole episode:

Former A’s prospect Jorge Mateo celebrating with his teammates!

C’mon Chandler, don’t ruin it.

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