ARLINGTON, Texas, USA – Right-handed Joe Musgrove was the first non-striker in the history of his hometown team, and San Diego Padres beat Texas Rangers 3-0 Friday night.
Padres was the only franchise still active in the major disciplines without being malicious. Musgrove even flirted with the perfect game, allowing only one opponent to reach base.
The achievement came at San Diego’s 8,206 regular season meeting.
“It’s amazing to be in a Padres costume,” Musgrove said. “The first in the history of the franchise is unbelievable.”
This was Masgrove’s second start (2-0) with San Diego, a privileged player who played his first game in 1969. The right-handed man scored 10 goals and took 28 hits, more than the minimum possible.
Padres manager Jayce Tingler allowed Musgrove to put the entire game in light of his efficiency. Of course, he also knew the importance of a home pitcher avoiding a severe drought for the Padres, who are playing their 53rd season in the major leagues.
“I somehow thought there was a way to make this something sweeter and more special for him, as he grew up in San Diego and being on this team. It was like the perfect scenario,” Tengler said.
The only Texas to return to base was Joey Gallo, who hit two courts in the fourth game. Jose Trevinho struck a strong streak to the right field for the final from eighth place, and David Dahl was the first hitter for Rangers to retire in the ninth, hitting directly on second base player Jake Cronworth.
Musgrove admitted: “There were three different scenarios in which I thought I was losing this.”
For Padres, Mane Machado 4-1 with the Reserve Bank of India. Puerto Rico Victor Karatini 3-1.
For Rangers, Dominican Anderson Tejeda 3-0, Ronald Guzman 3-0 and Willie Taveras 3-0.