In a stadium that just opened last year and where the Rays-Dodgers World Series was played, right-hander Joe Musgrove once again made history in that building, but more than anything in the organization of the San Diego Padresas it launched the first game without hit or run in history of the team and is also the first in the 2021 MLB season.
The 28-year-old Musgrove doubled down on the local Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field, with an attendance of 27,575 fans. The right-hander born in El Cajon, California pitched all nine innings and struck out 10 batters for the Texans, who even hands couldn’t beat and looked but like tame little lambs:
Joe Musgrove, 1.96 meters tall, faced 28 batters and made 112 pitches (77 strikes). He got 10 outs via a grounder to the infield and only three on a fly ball. A pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning to right fielder Joey Gallo deprived Musgrove of the perfect game. Gallo was the only one to reach base in the game for Rangers.
Anderson Tejeda was Musgrove’s main client with three strikeouts; they were followed with one by Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Gallo, Nate Lowe, Nick Solak, Ronald Guzmán, Jose Treviño and Eli White. Only pinch-hitter David Dahl and Cuban ninth batter Leody Taveras did not strike out.
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Musgrove, who is in his first season with the Padres, put his record at 2-0 and the most impressive thing is that his ERA remains at 0.00, as he has not allowed a run in 15 innings with only three hits allowed and 18 strikeouts.