There was Theodore, Bumpus and Bobo. Now there is Tyler Gilbert.
A budding electrician, the Diamondbacks left-hander delivered a shock to the history books on Saturday night.
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Gilbert became the fourth pitcher – and the first in 68 years – to pitch a batterless in his first Big League start, leading Arizona over the San Diego Padres 7-0 with the eighth batterless record in the major this season.
The latest to accomplish the feat on his first start was Bobo Holloman of the St. Louis Browns on May 6, 1953. Bumpus Jones also did so on his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds on October 15, 1892, and Theodore Breitenstein threw one on his first start for the Browns on October 4, 1891.
The eight hits matched the mark set in 1884, the first year the overhand throw was allowed.
Gilbert struck out Trent Grisham and Ha-Seong Kim in the ninth inning before Tommy Pham lined up center fielder Ketel Marte. The cheerful Diamondbacks players threw their gloves in the air and rushed over the mound, assaulting the surprising hero who spent six seasons in the minors and was selected in the Triple-A portion of the 5L rule draft. last winter.
He had pitched in relief three times for a total of 3 2/3 innings since making his major league debut this month.
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“Crazy,” Gilbert said. “It’s not going to hit me until probably another day.” I don’t know what just happened. “
Gilbert, 27, threw 102 shots, including 64 shots, against a San Diego roster, missing injured star Fernando Tatis Jr. Gilbert rarely delivered his fastball above 90 mph, but he did indeed dot the Padres. of breaking throws and relied on his defense. , which bailed him out on several hard-hit bullets.
Pavin Smith grabbed a liner from Adam Frazier, then walked first to pass Pham in the fourth. There was a line drive hooked by Gilbert on Eric Hosmer to finish the fifth. Third baseman Drew Ellis caught a diving catch at seventh. David Peralta jumped to the wall on Austin Nola’s long ball in the eighth.
Gilbert only needed three shots to pass the eighth, setting up a spectacular ninth. Marte caught a line drive for the final outing while charging from center field.
“I tried to log out as much as possible,” Gilbert said. “But this last round, I heard it all. “
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Among those who celebrated the Diamondbacks’ first hit-free player at home were Gilbert’s family. They were also in attendance for his relief debut on August 3.
Gilbert did not play baseball in 2020 after the minor league season was wiped out by the pandemic. He spent the summer learning the electrician trade from his father, making some money by crawling occasionally in attics and between walls.
“I’d rather do that than pull wires,” Gilbert said with a smile. “Don’t be offended, dad.
It was a mind-blowing performance for the Diamondbacks, who have the worst record in the big leagues this season. This is the third draw in franchise history and the first since Edwin Jackson on June 25, 2010.
Second-year wide receiver Daulton Varsho caught up to Gilbert one night after hitting a winning home run.
“It was so much fun doing that tonight,” Varsho said.
Gilbert (1-1) struck out five strikes and walked two. The Southern California sixth-round pick in 2015 had spent his entire career in the minor leagues until he was called up a few weeks ago. He was making his fourth appearance.
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“It was weird, I wasn’t nervous at all,” Gilbert said. “I felt like I should have been. I do not know why. I just kept going out and doing my thing. I was really nervous before the game, before the game. But after the eighth inning in three lengths, I was like, ‘It might just happen.’ “
The Chicago Cubs threw the majors’ latest hit with a combined effort on June 24. The other hits this year were pitched by Joe Musgrove of San Diego (April 9), Carlos Rodón of the Chicago White Sox (April 14), John Means of Baltimore (May 5), Wade Miley of Cincinnati (May 7), Spencer Turnbull of Detroit (May 18) and Corey Kluber of the New York Yankees (May 19).
Additionally, Arizona’s Madison Bumgarner pitched a seven-innings hitting game in a doubles program on April 25 that is not recognized as a hitting game by Major League Baseball.
Most of these gems were thrown before MLB cracked down on the use of sticky foreign substances by pitchers in late June.
It was a brutal series for the Padres, who are struggling to keep up in the playoff race. San Diego is still in second place in the NL wild cards, but has lost 10 games to the San Francisco Giants, leaders NL West.
“You have to tip the scales on Gilbert. It was obviously a special night for him, ”said Padres manager Jayce Tingler. “We’ve been in two of them this year, and it’s a lot more fun to be on the other side for sure. Frustrating night. The balls we hit hard were right on the guys or they made really good plays or steal the balls were on the track. “
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The Diamondbacks took a 5-0 lead in the first inning against Musgrove (8-8), who needed 39 pitches to beat nine batters. Josh VanMeter doubled up to open the game and Marte brought him home with another brace.
David Peralta had an RBI single, then 25-year-old Ellis got the big bang when he hit Musgrove’s hanging ball in the left-field seats.