The San Diego Padres have had many great players wear their uniform during their 53 seasons in the majors. It took until Friday for them to finally throw a no-hitter. Fittingly, it was Joe Musgrove, a local boy who grew up rooting for the Padres, snapping their infamous streak by no-hitting the Texas Rangers on Friday.Now that it's over, it will be a lot easier for Padres fans to look back at the past decades of futility. Let's celebrate the historic night by diving into the numbers behind Musgrove's feat and the Padres' now-dead no-hitter drought.8,205: Games played in franchise history before the Padres managed to throw a no-hitter. It's not for lack of having some great pitchers, either. Jake Peavy, Randy Jones, Gaylord Perry, Greg Maddux, David Wells, and Kevin Brown are just a few of the illustrious names who've passed through San Diego but couldn't end the streak.18,994: Days since the Padres' first game on April 8, 1969. The Padres began their existence on that day with a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros at San Diego Stadium. Fittingly, they surrendered four hits.2: No-hitters caught by Victor Caratini in the last two seasons. He caught Alec Mills' no-no while with the Chicago Cubs last September, giving him the honor of catching MLB's two most recent no-hitters. The only other player to catch no-hitters for two different teams in consecutive seasons was Tim McCarver with the Phillies and Expos in 1971 and '72. Ronald Martinez / Getty Images Sport / Getty3: No-hitters thrown by the Triple-A San Diego Padres, who played in the Pacific Coast League until 1968.5: Pitchers who have thrown a no-hitter but missed the perfect game thanks to a hit-by-pitch. Musgrove joins Hooks Wiltse (1910), Lew Burdette (1960), Kevin Brown (1997), and Max Scherzer (2015). Both Wiltse and Scherzer hit the 27th batter, and Wiltse needed 10 innings to complete his no-hitter. Musgrove hit Joey Gallo in the fourth, his lone blemish on the night.8: Pitchers who threw a no-hitter in either their first or second start with a team in the modern era. Musgrove is the first to do this since Clay Buchholz of the Red Sox in 2007.9: Games it took for the Padres' expansion cousins, the Montreal Expos, to throw their first no-hitter in 1969.10: Times the Padres have been no-hit since 1969. They've been on the losing end of more no-hitters in 53 years of existence than each of the Chicago Cubs (established in 1876), St. Louis Cardinals (1882), and New York Yankees (1903), plus all three of their 1969 expansion cousins. Pedro Martinez nearly made it 11 against San Diego in 1994 when he lost a perfect game in the 10th inning.11: Pitchers who threw no-hitters before joining the Padres. Two others, Rollie Fingers and Mark Langston, were part of combined no-nos before arriving in San Diego.15.8: Miles separating Petco Park and Musgrove's hometown of El Cajon, California. If you take California Route 94, it's an easy 20-minute drive from El Cajon into San Diego's famous Gaslamp Quarter. A San Diego story in three parts pic.twitter.com/gpZpim0JtA Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) April 10, 2021 16: Teams remaining without a perfect game, including the Padres. This list does not include the Expos/Nationals franchise, who got a perfect game from Dennis Martinez in 1991. Five franchises have thrown two perfectos; the White Sox and Yankees each have three.23: Times that Padres pitchers threw at least seven no-hit innings before Musgrove's gem. Five of those bids reached the ninth, and two - Steve Arlin in 1972, and a five-pitcher combined effort in 2011 - were lost with one out to go. Chris Young, now general manager of the Rangers team that Musgrove no-hit, did this twice while pitching for the Padres. Donald Miralle / Getty Images Sport / Getty30: One-hitters thrown by Padres pitchers. Jordan Lyles, Kirby Yates, and Brad Hand combined to twirl the most recent one-hitter in 2018.39: Years since the Cleveland Indians' last no-hitter. With the Padres now on the board, it's the Indians who are officially owners of the longest active drought. Their most recent no-no was Len Barker's perfect game on May 15, 1981.97: Bill James Game Score for Musgrove's 10-K gem. There's no doubt Musgrove dominated, and the right-hander fell just short of joining an additional exclusive club of pitchers to achieve a 100 game score in a nine-inning game. The feat has been accomplished 16 times.144: No-hitters thrown by the other 29 teams since 1969.8,945: Games the Philadelphia Phillies went without throwing a no-hitter, which - despite the Padres' incredible drought - remains the all-time record. The Phillies' inglorious streak began on May 3, 1906, following Johnny Lush's no-hitter against Brooklyn, and ended with Jim Bunning's perfect game at Shea Stadium on June 21, 1964.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
The only Rangers baserunner was Joey Gallo, who was hit by a pitch with two outs in the fourth inning.
Joey Gallo gets hit by a pitch from Joe Musgrove in the bottom of the 4th inning, the only batter for the Rangers to reach base in the game
Joey Gallo gets hit by pitch from Joe Musgrove in the bottom of the 4th inning, the only batter for the Rangers to be on base Friday
The hometown kid finally gave the San Diego Padres their long-awaited no-hitter.Joe Musgrove, who grew up in the San Diego area, ended the Padres' 53-year streak of futility by throwing the first no-hitter in franchise history on Friday against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. San Diego won 3-0. [email protected] tosses the first no-hitter of 2021! pic.twitter.com/wSSRbtUxHh MLB (@MLB) April 10, 2021 "That was the first no-hitter I've thrown in my life. Pretty crazy it comes on the big stage in a Padres uniform," Musgrove said, according to SiriusXM's Scott Miller.Until Friday, the Padres were the only active franchise to have never thrown a no-hitter. The feat finally happened in the club's 8,206th regular-season game after a span of 18,995 days."I think a no-hitter, regardless of where you're playing, is really special. But it almost seems like this was meant to be," the El Cajon, California, native said, according to Dennis Lin of The Athletic.Musgrove struck out 10 batters and walked none on 112 pitches (77 strikes), with his lone blemish being a fourth-inning hit-by-pitch issued to Joey Gallo. Although relievers were warming late and his pitch count was high, manager Jayce Tingler said postgame he was only going to take Musgrove out if he gave up a hit, according to AJ Cassavell of MLB.com. "I wasn't coming out of that game," Joe Musgrove says. AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) April 10, 2021 The 28-year-old, who joined San Diego this offseason, has yet to allow a run in two starts with the club. Musgrove now owns a 31-inning scoreless streak dating back to Sept. 15 of last year during his tenure with the Pittsburgh Pirates.Wil Myers provided all the offense Musgrove would need with a second-inning RBI double off Rangers starter Kohei Arihara. The Padres added another run in the second courtesy of a Leody Taveras error and one more in the third off of Manny Machado's RBI double.This game marks just the fourth time that the Rangers have been no-hit since moving to Texas in 1972 and the first against them since 2007. It was also the first no-hitter thrown at Globe Life Field, which opened last summer.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.