It has been a very successful week for pitchers at all levels. There have been two no-hitters in the MLB and one perfect in the NCAA. Joe Musgrove and Carlos Rodon have thrown the first two no-hitters in the bigs so far this season. Furthermore, North Texas University ace pitcher, Hope Trautwein, threw a historic perfect game. Let’s give a break down of each of these historic moments.
Joe Musgrove, San Diego Padres
Joe Musgrove of the San Diego Padres threw the first no hitter in the bigs this season. The San Diego native became the first Padre ever to throw a no-hitter. They were the last franchise to achieve this feat. Musgrove was as close to perfect as you can get. He struck out 10 Rangers and walked none. The only baserunner was Joey Gallo who got hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning. If it was not for that one slip up, the first no-hitter in Padres history would have been a perfect game.
Carlos Rodon, Chicago White Sox
Carlos Rodon threw the second no-hitter in the bigs this season. He carried a perfect game into the ninth inning and allowed his first base runner with one out in the ninth. Like Musgrove, the only player to reach base against Rodon was on a hit batter. Rodon threw a back foot slider that hit Roberto Perez in the foot. This came immediately after Jose Abreu made a perfect game saving play at first. Rodon came so close to throwing the first perfect game in the majors since King Felix in 2012. However, we are still waiting.
The final out. A spectacular night on the mound for Carlos Rodón! pic.twitter.com/xkYMaLR9vP
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 15, 2021
Hope Trautwein, North Texas University
Unlike Rodon and Musgrove, Hope Trautwein was able to complete her perfect game. However, her perfect game was unlike any perfect game we have seen before. Trautwein struck out every batter to come to bat against her. She struck out all 21 batters Arkansas Pine-Bluff. In addition to this amazing performance, it wasn’t her first 21 strikeout game this season and third in her career. In addition to this being her third career 21 strikeout game, it was her third career no-hitter and first perfect game.
The final out of the programs first ever PERFECT GAME ‼️@hopetraut goes the distance!
7.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 21 Ks 👀
— North Texas Softball (@MeanGreenSB) April 11, 2021
It has been a very successful week for pitchers. Both Musgrove and Rodon had very impressive outings, but personally, I find Trautwein’s performance the game of the week. To not allow a single ball to be put in play is borderline impossible. No-hitters and perfect games have been dominating the headlines this week and hopefully there are many more to come this year.
-Pete Chatterton (@Pchat12)
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