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Tyler Gilbert pitches no-hitter, no-run game in first MLB start

Tyler Gilbert pitches no-hitter, no-run game in first MLB start

Rookie pitcher Tyler Gilbert became the first pitcher in 68 years to throw a no-hitter in his first major league start on Saturday, in a 7-0 shutout victory for the Arizona Diamondbacks over the San Padres. Diego, the eighth ‘no-hitter’ of the season.

Gilbert joined Bumpus Jones in his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds on October 15, 1892 and Bobo Holloman for the then St. Louis Carmelites on May 6, 1953 as the only players with a game without hits in his first start.

All eight no-hitters this season equaled the mark set in 1884, the first year overhead pitching was allowed.

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Gilbert struck out Trent Grisham and South Korean Ha-Seong Kim in the ninth before Tommy Pham hit out to center fielder Ketel Marte in the ninth inning.

Diamondbacks players threw their gloves into the air and ran to the mound to celebrate alongside the surprising hero who spent six seasons in the minors and was selected in the Triple-A draft last winter. (Fielding)

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