Pitcher Throws No-Hitter In First MLB Start


Imagine a pitcher who's toiled in the minor leagues for years, being relegating to the bullpen over the previous three seasons, his big league hopes waning. Finally, Tyler Gilbert gets his first major league start at age 27. And boy, did he make the most of it:

The Arizona Diamondbacks' rookie became only the 4th pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter in his first big-league start, and the first to do that in nearly 70 years. The other two were in the 1800s. 

Gilbert was thrilled to have his family in the stands, including his father. In fact, during the 2020 season, with no minor league action, Gilbert said he helped make ends meet by working as an electrician with his father. 

"I'd rather be doing this than pulling wires. No offense, Dad." Gilbert had a smile at his father's expense about the difference one year makes. 

The lefty was certainly electric  in this game, walking three and striking out five in the D-Backs 7-0 win over the San Diego Padres. 

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