One of the most stunning factoids in Major League Baseball has been the San Diego Padres never throwing a no-hitter in franchise history. After all, this organization has been around since 1969, and every other MLB organization has thrown at least one. Heck, the Miami Marlins have thrown six no-hitters, and they’ve only been around since 1993.

Well, the Padres FINALLY have a no-hitter!

Joe Musgrove — who’s from San Diego and is a former season-ticket holder — threw a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers on Friday night at Globe Life Field. It was just the 28-year-old’s second start for the Padres, after being acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates over the offseason.

Here’s the final out, as called by Padres play-by-play man Don Orsillo on Bally Sports San Diego:

And how it looked on the Ballpark Cam:

Musgrove was very close to a perfect game, with the only baserunner allowed coming on a hit-by-pitch.

The final line: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K, 112 pitches.

Victor Caratini — acquired by the Padres from the Chicago Cubs as part of the Yu Darvish deal — has caught the last two no-hitters in MLB. He was behind the plate for Musgrove’s no-hitter, as well as the Alec Mills no-hitter for the Cubs last September.

While the Padres had never thrown a no-hitter, they actually didn’t have the longest streak without one in MLB history: that honor would go to the Philadelphia Phillies from 1906-64. The Phillies had a streak of 8,944 games without a no-hitter, while the Padres’ streak is snapped at 8,205 games.

Musgrove was the 24th Padres pitcher to take a no-hitter into the eighth inning, and the sixth Padres pitcher to take one into the ninth inning.

And he’s the first one to finish the job. Congratulations to Joe Musgrove on making history.

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