It was a magical night for the Phillies in South Philadelphia Wednesday, with so many amazing moments. But none more exciting than Michael Lorenzen throwing his first no-hitter, walking just four hitters on the evening. This marks the 14th no-hitter in Phillies history.
The newly acquired starter impressed fans in his first start with the club, going a career-high eight innings and throwing 100+ pitches for just the second time this season. Well, the sequel was better than the debut as Lorenzen went the distance to finish the no-hitter, throwing the most pitches he has in his career with 124.
Lorenzen quickly adds himself into Phillies history
Tonight’s magic was the first no-hitter for the Phillies since recently retired Cole Hamels’ no-no at Wrigley Field back in 2015, his last start with Philadelphia. It was also the first at Citizens Bank Park since Roy Halladay in the 2010 NLDS against Lorenzen’s former team – the Cincinnati Reds.
The offense made it easy, putting up seven runs. 2023 was just his third major league season as a full-time starter, a huge part of his career being spent as a reliever. He kept Nationals hitters off balance all night long with his dominant change-up.
Lorenzen credits manager Rob Thompson’s confidence in him for being able to finish:
“I had a couple quick ones, so I just kept trying to make them quick. Thankfully, skip pulled me aside, and said ‘how you feelin.’ I said ‘I’m feeling good – it’s nice and cool outside, it’s not too hot and I’m recovering nicely so…just trying to buy some more innings and he gave it to me, so hats off to him.– Michael Lorenzen, post-game on NBC Sports Philadelphia
There were so many great moments tonight, but the night belonged to Michael Lorenzen.
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Matt Slocum