Michael Lorenzen throws 14th no-hitter in Philadelphia Phillies history
It was his first home start since being traded to the Phillies earlier this month.
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Less than two weeks after joining the Philadelphia Phillies, Michael Lorenzen has already etched his name in the franchise’s history books.
On Wednesday, August 10, Lorenzen threw the 14th no-hitter in Philadelphia Phillies franchise history, helping the team beat the Washington Nationals 7-0.
During his no-hitter performance, he struck out 5 batters and walked 4. He also threw a career-high 124 pitches, which is the most by any pitcher in a game this season.
This was only Lorenzen’s second game with the Phillies after being traded from the Detroit Tigers on August 1. It was also his first home game since the trade.
After the game, Lorenzen detailed just what it meant to record the no-hitter in front of the home fans.
“It was incredible. Walking out for the seventh, eighth and ninth, man, these fans. I've never been part of an organization where fans are a part of the team,” Lorenzen said. “And they gave me that boost that I needed. ... If you are feeling fatigued, you don't feel it at all in front of these fans.”
Since opening Citizens Bank Park in 2004, the Phillies have seen two of its five no-hitters occur in front of its home fans. The most recent one that took place at home prior to Lorenzen’s was the late Roy Halladay in Game 1 of the NLDS in 2010.
Prior to Lorenzen’s performance, the last time a Phillies pitcher threw a perfect game was when Cole Hamels did it in July 2015. Hamels announced his retirement from the sport just last week.
Lorenzen is now just the fourth pitcher over the last 30 seasons to throw a no-hitter within his first two games pitched for a franchise.
“This is what I’ve worked for. This is a dream come true,” said Lorenzen after the game.
With the win Wednesday night, the Phillies now hold the top wild-card position in the National League with a 1-game lead over the San Francisco Giants.
Through 115 games, the Phillies sport a 63-52. At this time last year, the team had a nearly identical at 64-51.
Lorenzen joined the via trade just before the MLB Trade Deadline.
A 9-year veteran of the MLB, Lorenzen was named an All-Star for the first time earlier this season while still with the Tigers.
He was selected with the 38th pick in 2015 by the Cincinnati Reds. He’d spent the first seven years of his career with the Reds before signing with the Los Angeles Angels in 2021. He’d spent a season there before signing with the Tigers during the following fall.