The Padres had reliefs that warmed up during the ninth inning, but manager Jayce Tingler said afterward that he would only pull Musgrove if the 6-5 right allowed a hit.
“There was no way I could get out of this game,” said Musgrove, whose 112-place was a career high.
San Diego, which began playing on April 8, 1969, was the only active MLB franchise without a no-hitter. The Rangers have not been hit three times, most recently by Mark Bührle of the Chicago White Sox in April 2007.
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The youngest MLB no-hitter was thrown by the Chicago Cubs’ Alec Mills against the Milwaukee Brewers on September 13, 2020. Mills’ catcher that day, Victor Caratini, was Musgrove’s catcher on Friday, and he jumped into the arms of the San Diego pitcher shortly after the final was taped.
Musgrove was acquired by the Padres in January as part of a three-team deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets. He spent three seasons in Pittsburgh after being traded in 2018 by the Houston Astros, with whom he broke into the majors in 2016, sending Gerrit Cole to Houston.
Musgrove was originally a first-round pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011, and came into the game with a career of 4.28 ERA, including a 3.86 mark last season over eight starts with Pittsburgh.
The only base runner he allowed on Friday was Texan Joey Gallo, who was hit by a pitch with two outs in the fourth inning.
“I’m fucking exhausted, man,” Musgrove said in a television interview on the field. “That was like the maximum focus I’ve ever had.”