January 30, 2023

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No-hitter eludes Musgrove, who still gets franchise record

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MILWAUKEE — Joe Musgrove is simply untouchable. With eight innings of one-hit baseball, Musgrove earned his 10th quality start of the season in the Padres’ 7-0 win against the Brewers on Friday night at American Family Field. 

That quality start gives Musgrove a league-leading 10 this year and also puts him in rare company in franchise history. He tied Dennis Rasmussen’s 1991 record for the most consecutive quality starts to begin a season in Padres history.

Musgrove almost made more history as he flirted with another no-hitter — which would have been the second of his career and the Padres’ second in their 54-season history. The right-hander threw the team’s first no-hitter last year on April 9 against the Rangers.

But after 7 2/3 innings Friday, the no-hit bid was over. Musgrove allowed a two-out double from Kolten Wong — over the shoulder of right fielder José Azocar.

Still, Musgrove’s eight scoreless innings — allowing just one hit and three walks with six strikeouts — helped push his record to 6-0 on the season. That’s the first time a Padres pitcher has started a season 6-0 since 2015, when James Shields went 7-0 to open the year.

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