MLB News: Michael Lorenzan, a new addition of the Philadelphia Phillies, threw a no-hitter in his home debut on Wednesday, August 9. He was acquired via trade from the Detroit Tigers and was making his second overall start with the Phillies when he blanked the Washington Nationals to the tune of a complete game no-hitter with four walks and five strikeouts.
Aside from joining an elite list of pitchers to throw a no-hitter there was a lot of interesting history made during Michael Lorenzan’s performance in which some of it has not been seen in over 60 years.
Michael Lorenzan throws a no-hitter in his Philadelphia Phillies home debut (MLB News).
According to both Elias Sports Bureau and Sarah Langs there are only five pitchers in MLB history who have thrown a no-hitter in their home debut with a new team. The last player to do this was Don Cardwell, who in 1960 was ironically traded from the Phillies to the Chicago Cubs. Outside of Don Cardwell, Jay Hughes in 1898 did this for the Orioles, Bumpus Jones in 1892 for the Reds, and Ed Cushman in 1884 for the Milwaukee Cream Citys.
Another list that Michael Loreznan joined is that he is the sixth player in the expansion era to throw a no-hitter in their first or second start with a team. Tyler Gilbert did this in 2021 with the Diamondbacks, Joe Musgrove with the Padres in 2021, Clay Bucholz in 2007 with the Red Sox, Hideo Nomo also with the Red Sox in 2001, and Wilson Alvarez in 1991 with the White Sox.
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