Diamondbacks' Tyler Gilbert Throws No-Hitter vs. Padres in 1st Career MLB Start

Blake SchusterContributor IAugust 15, 2021

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - AUGUST 14: Starting pitcher Tyler Gilbert #49 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 14, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
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Arizona Diamondbacks rookie Tyler Gilbert joined one of the most exclusive clubs in baseball Saturday, throwing a no-hitter in his first career MLB start—just the fourth player in league history to do so and the first since Bobo Holloman in 1953.

MLB Pipeline @MLBPipeline

D-backs prospect Tyler Gilbert throws a no-hitter in his first <a href="https://twitter.com/MLB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MLB</a> start! <a href="https://t.co/B0LKtZZghD">pic.twitter.com/B0LKtZZghD</a>


Tyler Gilbert's dad had an amazing reaction to his son's no-hitter. ❤️ <a href="https://t.co/11MGrvvLIF">pic.twitter.com/11MGrvvLIF</a>

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Tyler Gilbert is the 4th pitcher in MLB history to throw a no-hitter in his first career start. He joins…<br><br>Ted Breitenstein in 1891<br>Bumpus Jones in 1892<br>Bobo Holloman in 1953 <a href="https://t.co/Ty88AMYqQc">pic.twitter.com/Ty88AMYqQc</a>

Sarah Langs @SlangsOnSports

This is the 8th no-hitter of the 2021 season, tying the 1884 campaign for the most in a single season in AL/NL history<br><br>It’s worth noting that 1884 was before the mound was even moved to its current distance, something that happened in 1893

The eighth no-hitter of the 2021 season required just 102 pitches as Gilbert, 27, struck out five and walked three in a 7-0 victory against the San Diego Padres and starter Joe Musgrove—who tossed a no-hitter himself earlier this season. 

It's the third no-hitter in Diamondbacks history and the first since Edwin Jackson's epic 149-pitch outing in 2010. 

With his family in attendance, Gilbert primarily used a cutter-fastball combination to mow down a Padres lineup desperately trying to stay alive in the race for the National League West.  

Per Baseball Savant, Gilbert earned 12 called strikes and whiffs with the cutter, 11 from the fastball and used a good combination of luck and defense to keep San Diego from collecting a hit. Manny Machado's 112.2 mile-per-hour liner straight to left field in the fourth inning was the perfect example of that intersection. 

Statcast noted the expected batting average on that type of contact is .810. Left fielder David Peralta only had to take a few steps to his left in order to reel it in. It was one of six exit velocities over 99 mph on Saturday. The other five resulted in four ground outs and a pop fly. 

Doug Kern @dakern74

No-hitters on 50th anniversary of another no-hitter:<br>ARI Tyler Gilbert, Aug 14 2021 (STL Bob Gibson 1971)<br>SEA James Paxton, May 8 2018 (OAK Catfish Hunter 1968)<br>MIN Scott Erickson, Apr 27 1994 (BSN Jim Tobin 1944)<br>BAL Hoyt Wilhelm, Sep 20 1958 (CHW Frank Smith 1908)

Even Tommy Pham's game-ending lineout was scorched off the bat at 91.5 mph with an xBa of .750 required only a minor adjustment from Ketel Marte in center to end the game. By that point, Gilbert had already begun celebrating on the mound with his teammates.

He joins Carlos Rodon, John Means, Wade Miley, Spencer Turnbull, Corey Kluber and a combined effort by the Chicago Cubs in completing a no-hitter this season—the most since 1884 and one away from setting the all-time MLB record. 

The 2020 Rule 5 draft pick of the Diamondbacks began the season with the Reno Aces. No matter what happens the rest of the year, he'll end it having etched his name in baseball history in multiple ways.