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Diamondbacks SP Tyler Gilbert throws no-hitter in first career MLB start

Gilbert’s feat was the eighth no-hitter of the 2021 MLB season.

San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks
Starting pitcher Tyler Gilbert of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 14, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Tyler Gilbert took the mound for his first career MLB start Saturday against the San Diego Padres. He was pitching for one of the worst teams in the league, going up against a vaunted lineup contending for an NL wild card spot.

It didn’t matter.

Gilbert threw the eighth no-hitter of the MLB season, blanking the Padres 7-0 in 102 pitches. He had five strikeouts and three walks in the outing. The Diamondbacks got just their 38th win of the season, but this one will certainly be the most special.

Gilbert was acquired in the Rule 5 draft in 2020. After starting the 2021 season with the Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks promoted Gilbert to the majors August 3. He becomes the fourth pitcher to throw a no-hitter in his first start and the third Diamondbacks pitcher to throw a no-hitter.

We’ll see how Gilbert follows up this feat in his next start.