Michael Lorenzen throws 14th no-hitter in Phillies franchise history

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Phillies right-hander Michael Lorenzen, a trade-deadline acquisition by Philadelphia, threw MLB’s fourth no-hitter of the season Wednesday against the Washington Nationals.

He struck out five and walked four in Philadelphia’s 7-0 victory, throwing a career-high 124 pitches, 76 of which were for strikes.

Lorenzen, 31, was an All-Star this season for Detroit before the Phillies acquired him at the trade deadline for a minor leaguer. He promptly threw a season-high eight innings of two-run ball in his Phillies debut last week.

Welcome to Citizens Bank Park, Michael Lorenzen pic.twitter.com/4PpNBAiXky

— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) August 10, 2023

Lorenzen spent much of his career as a reliever for the Cincinnati Reds, but he’s been exclusively a starter for the Tigers and Los Angeles Angels the past couple seasons. Before Wednesday, his previous career high for pitches thrown in a game was 107, on April 29, 2015, against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The crowd of 30,406 stood and cheered when Lorenzen retired CJ Abrams on a flyball to end the eighth. He sat down all three batters in the frame on flyballs to the outfield.

The Phillies now have 14 no-hitters in franchise history (13 solo, 1 combined), the last before Lorenzen authored by Cole Hamels in 2015. One of those no-hitters came against the Expos in 1991, by Tommy Greene.

Since opening in 2004, Citizens Bank Park had only seen the Phillies throw one no-hitter before Wednesday: Roy Halladay in the 2010 postseason.


Michael Lorenzen has thrown the 14th no-hitter in Phillies history! pic.twitter.com/MXnZy6WY48

— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) August 10, 2023

The last no-hitter thrown against the Nationals was David Cone’s perfect game with the New York Yankees on July 18, 1999. The franchise had not been no-hit since moving to Washington in 2005, and had the longest active streak of any franchise without being no-hit.

Earlier this month, Houston’s Framber Valdez threw a no-hitter against Cleveland on Aug. 1. Yankees right-hander Domingo German pitched a perfect game at Oakland on June 28, and Matt Manning, Alex Lange and Jason Foley of Detroit threw a combined no-no against Toronto on July 8.

ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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