The hometown kid has made history for his hometown team.
Joe Musgrove, who grew up rooting for the Padres, threw the first no-hitter in franchise history, blanking the Rangers across nine near-perfect innings with 10 strikeouts Friday night in a 3-0 victory at Globe Life Park.
Musgrove’s lone mistake came in the bottom of the fourth inning, when he plunked Joey Gallo with a first-pitch cut fastball.
Aside from that errant pitch, Musgrove was just about flawless. His slider dazed, and his curveball danced.
“I’m freaking exhausted, man,” Musgrove said in a TV interview after the game. “That was like the maximum level of focus I’ve ever had. … That’s as deep as I’ve gone into a game this year so far, going from six innings to nine, it’s quite a jump, but I’m gonna say there’s no way I was coming out of that game.”
For Musgrove, the no-no is all the more special given the uniform.
The right-hander attended Grossmont High School in El Cajon, a suburb of San Diego. He regularly attended games at Petco Park, a pitcher’s heaven where Jake Peavy, Chris Young and others carved up hitters during his adolescence.
The historic feat for Musgrove came in just his second start with San Diego, six days after he held Arizona to three hits over six dominant frames. Musgrove extended his scoreless-innings streak to 31 in a row, dating to last season with Pittsburgh.
When asked if he ever dreamed of throwing a no-hitter for his hometown team, Musgrove said it hadn’t crossed his mind.
“No, not me, man,” he said. “Everyone dreams of getting the chance to throw a no-hitter. I’ve never even thrown a no-hitter in my life, so my first one came today on this field. It’s awesome to have it be in a Padres uniform and for it to be the first one for the franchise. That’s incredible.”