Former Detroit Tigers starter Michael Lorenzen throws a no-hitter.
While the Detroit Tigers began the season with Michael Lorenzen, he finds himself in a new home and in the headlines once again. This time not for a trade, but for making history as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
It has been just nine days since the Detroit Tigers traded Lorenzen to the Phillies, in a move that landed Hao-Yu Lee on the return side of the deal. Lorenzen seemingly found a groove early on with his new squad, going the distance in Wednesday night's game.
Lorenzen threw all 9.0 innings, needing 124 pitches to cap off the historic no-hitter. He threw 76 strikes of the 124 pitches and walked 4 opposing batters while fanning 5 of them in the process. Quite the historic feat in itself, but there's an even deeper layer to it as well.
Per a tweet High Heat Stats, Lorenzen is one of four pitchers who played prep ball for Fullerton Union High School in Fullerton, Calif. and all four of them have thrown a no-hitter. Remember that one for your next baseball trivia night.
While Lorenzen's big feat may not have come while he was wearing a Tigers uniform, he still deserves a tip of the cap. He was able to settle in with his new organization and mesh well with a new backstop. Albeit, J.T. Realmuto is one of the best backstops in the game, Lorenzen was able to work through a no-hitter, throwing to Realmuto after being with the Phillies for less than two weeks.
It also speaks to the season that Lorenzen has had, which has truly been an impressive one. Lorenzen has made 20 starts with 122.2 innings pitched. He's walked 32, striking out 93 opposing hitters as well. He has managed a 3.23 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP in the process.
While the Tigers are far from a playoff appearance, the Phillies are going to put up a fight, and Lorenzen is looking to help them as they do so. They are second in the National League (NL) East standings and looking to keep battling with the Braves.
For Lorenzen, that win will go down as a special one. He was able to make big league history. It's certainly a moment he'll never forget, long beyond his playing days. Here's the final out...
While it may not have been in a Tigers uniform, he was a big piece of the puzzle for the entire year up until the trade deadline. The harsh reality was that he was going to be traded and the Tigers ultimately found a match in Philadelphia, and he has since been able to keep up the good performance.