Diamondbacks Tyler Gilbert No-Hits Padres
Tyler Gilbert of the Arizona Diamondbacks made his first MLB start on Saturday night, and all he did was pitch his way into the MLB record book.
Gilbert threw a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres, becoming just the fourth player in MLB history to do this in his first MLB start.
The Arizona Diamondbacks were able to defeat the San Diego Padres by a score of 7-0 in this game, and that alone was quite an achievement. Arizona is currently the worst team in MLB, and the San Diego Padres are currently holding down a playoff position.
Gilbert allowed just three walks while throwing the no-hitter, and all three of those were drawn by Tommy Pham. Ironically, Pham was in the box and recorded the final out with a fly ball to center field.
The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Gilbert in the Rule 5 Draft to begin the 2021 year, but it was done in the Minor League phase. Gilbert is 27 years old and has bounced around in the Minor Leagues before finally getting this chance with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Philadelphia Phillies selected Gilbert in the 6th round of the 2015 MLB Draft, but he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020. With the entire minor league system begin shutting down due to COVID-19, Gilbert did not see any game action last season.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo had originally planned on an 85-pitch limit for Gilbert on Saturday night but opted to give him a chance to make history. Gilbert was at 88 pitches through the seventh inning but was able to set down the Padres with just three pitching in the 8th inning.
Ten of the 27 outs were recorded on balls hit at least 95 miles per hour, but the Diamondbacks continued to have fielders in the right spots.
A Big Year For No-Hitters
The no-hitter by Gilbert on Saturday night was the eighth time this feat has been accomplished in 2021 and the first since the end of June. No-hit performances used to be extremely rare, but there has been an increase in these types of performances in recent seasons.
Joe Musgrove of the San Diego Padres and Carlos Rodon of the Chicago White Sox both accomplished the feat in the first month of the season. In May, four no-hitters were thrown, including ones on back-to-back days on May 18 and 19.
John Means of the Baltimore Orioles threw a no-hitter on May 5, and Cincinnati Reds pitcher Wade Miley did it just two days later in a game against the Cleveland Indians. Spencer Turnbull and Corey Kluber were the pitchers that accomplished this feat on back-to-back days.
June 24 saw the first combined no-hitter of the season, and it was also the first combined no-hitter in the history of the Chicago Cubs. A long time had passed since that game, but Gilbert was able to end the drought with a terrific performance on Saturday night.
The eight no-hitters thrown this season ties a Major League record that was set all the way back in 1884.
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