D-backs no-hitter history
Left-hander Tyler Gilbert made history when he threw the third no-hitter in D-backs history on Saturday night in his first career MLB start. It was also the first no-no thrown by a D-backs pitcher (not including Madison Bumgarner's seven-inning no-hitter on April 25, 2021) in more than a decade going back to Edwin Jackson's in 2010.
Here's a look at every no-hitter in D-backs history:
Aug. 14, 2021: Tyler Gilbert vs. Padres, Chase Field
Gilbert became only the fourth pitcher to throw a no-hitter in his first career start, and first in nearly 70 years, joining Bobo Holloman (May 6, 1953), Bumpus Jones (Oct. 15, 1892) and Theodore Breitenstein (Oct. 4, 1891). He silenced the Padres' lineup on 101 pitches, walking three and striking out five. The no-hitter was the eighth of the 2021 season, tied for most in a season in AL/NL history along with 1884 (before the pitcher's mound was moved to its current distance of 60 feet, 6 inches). It was also the first no-hitter thrown by a D-backs pitcher in Chase Field history.
June 25, 2010: Edwin Jackson vs. Rays, Tropicana Field
Jackson's no-hitter was as unorthodox as they come -- he threw 149 pitches while walking eight batters, hitting one and striking out six. He walked seven of those eight batters and threw 70 of those 149 pitches in the first three innings alone, before turning things around for a dominant performance the rest of the way against Tampa Bay.
May 18, 2004: Randy Johnson vs. Braves, Turner Field
While the Big Unit had already thrown a no-hitter back in 1990 while with the Mariners, it was only a matter of time before he threw another one -- and this one was a perfect game. Johnson was even more overpowering than usual, striking out 13 and walking none on 117 pitches. Interestingly, his counterpart, Mike Hampton, pitched a complete game himself -- he just picked the wrong day to do it. Hampton held the D-backs' lineup to two runs over nine innings but took the loss. Fittingly, the first no-hitter in D-backs history was thrown by Johnson, who is the greatest pitcher to don an Arizona uniform.