Diamondbacks fans had a special game to be able to witness Saturday night
Now, of course Tyler Gilbert’s No-Hitter is THE story as it well should be. I wrote an article detailing the emotional journey for Tyler, the team, the fans, and his family if you click here. However, NO No-Hitter occurs without an entire team effort. The Diamondbacks team worked as one Saturday night. On Star Wars night and Master Christian “Sky”-Walker bobble-head night, they pod raced around the bases from how many hits they got. They defended better than the Clones defended Kamino. Tyler pitched as if he was Master Yoda, patient, purposeful, and masterfully.
The Dbacks got a quick inning ,besides a walk to Count Tommy Pham, from the Padres Empire in the 1st inning. Then, our bats heated up. Joe Musgrove pitched the Padres. The Sith Inquisitor was not ready for the shellacking he was about to receive from the Jedi.
To lead off the bottom of the 1st , Josh VanMeter hit a double. Following him, Ketel Marte promptly deposited a ball into the outfield for a double.
1-0 Dbacks. Next, Pavin Smith singles to put runners on the corners. Asdrubal Cabrera is up. He strikes out and says something to the Umpire about some strike calls. In my opinion, Cabrera was in the right. Alas, the Ump disagreed and ejected Cabrera.
No matter, the Dbacks kept their Force powers strong. David Peralta singled and drove in Marte.
2-0 Dbacks. Then, rookie third-baseman Drew Ellis who has been having a rough go of it in the Majors so far unleashed his Force emotions on a ball. That ball flew into the left-field bleachers. It was his first career home run and a home run it was! This is when I knew it was going to be a special game. A three-run shot by Drew Ellis made it
5-0 Dbacks. The following two hitters, Ahmed, and Varsho got out. To the 2nd we go.
Tyler Gilbert quickly disposed of the lowly storm troopers sent to confront the Master Jedi. 1-2-3 they went as if they were more a distraction than enemies. The Dbacks got a man on base in the 2nd but unfortunately Pavin grounded into a double play to end the inning. To the 3rd we go.
Master Tyler promptly struck out two of the three Padres batters in the 3rd. Quick work it was for him. As for the Diamondbacks, it was a 1-2-3 inning for Musgrove. Onto the 4th in a fast moving game.
Tommy Pham, the only Sith Trooper to make it to base tonight, walks again against Tyler Gilbert. However, his fellow trooper sabotaged him by hitting a line drive to Pavin Smith, the 1st baseman. He catches it and promptly steps on the bag at 1st to end the inning. No trouble or sweat for Master Gilbert. As for the Diamondbacks hitting, they got some action on the bases. They got the bases loaded actually. However, Ketel Marte hit into an inning ending double play. Welp, the Rebels are still winning 5-0. Let’s see if the score changes in the 5th.
The Padres’ troopers still had no effect to Master Gilbert’s Force pitching. 1-2-3 to the dugout they go. As for the Diamondbacks, it’s time to remove the Sith Inquisitor Musgrove from the game. Pavin singles to start the inning. Josh Rojas (replaced Asdrubal Cabrera after his ejection) hits a triple to drive in Pavin.
Score is now 6-0. Unfortunately, Peralta, Ellis, and Varsho go down in order to end the inning. However, that would be the last we would see of Darth Musgrove. Onto the 6th we go!
In the 6th inning, the Padres send up three more troopers to be slayed once more by Master Gilbert. They even put in a pinch-hitter for Darth Musgrove to hopefully start something. No dice.
As for the Diamondbacks, they have a new Dark Force user to engage. His name is Matt Strahm. He is no match for fearless Jedi though. Nick Ahmed doubles to begin the bottom of the 6th. Master Gilbert masterfully (of course) bunts Ahmed to third. 1 out. Jedi Josh VanMeter singles to score Ahmed. Ketel Marte then doubles and gets VanMeter to third. Unfortunately the hit frenzy ends there. Rojas and Smith both line out.
Never tell me the odds but the Diamondbacks and Tyler Gilbert has something rather magical happening right now. Nevertheless, onto the 7th we shall endeavor.
The dark Sith Count Tommy Pham is unable to be conquered yet by Master Gilbert. He works his way onto base via the walk. Thankfully, Master Gilbert is able to send the next three troopers down in order via a line out, pop out, and ground out.
As for the bottom of the 7th you ask? Well, Jedi Peralta singled. Unfortunately, Padawan Drew Ellis grounded into a force play getting Peralta out at 2nd. Padawan Varsho singles though. This causes the Padres Empire to question if their strategy is still working.
They decide to switch pitchers. Out goes Strahm. In comes Sith apprentice Miguel Diaz. He gets Jedi Ahmed to ground out. He then strikes out our fearsome leader, Master Gilbert, to end the inning.
Folks, it’s getting stressful as we see the scoreboard. A giant 0 is in the hit column for the Padres. Can Master Gilbert finish it? Onto the 8th.
Master Gilbert used Force powers I did not know existed. He manipulates the Padres’ men to swing at the first pitch in each of their at-bats. There was a very scary moment. The Padres Austin Nola swung and hit the pitch hard and deep. I immediately thought it was a home run.
Thankfully, Jedi Peralta was able to jump back into the wall and catch the ball. I do not know or understand how that ball did not leave the park. I’m beyond grateful it didn’t. As for the other two Padres, a ground out and fly out later end the top of the 8th.
As for the Dbacks bottom of the 8th, Apprentice Diaz quickly strikes out VanMeter. Afterwards, he gets Marte and Smith to line out and fly out respectively.
Holy Force Ghosts, it’s the 9th inning. Three outs to go!
Master Gilbert is about to attempt to do what no other man has done in Chase Field. He’s about to throw a No-Hitter for the Diamondbacks. First up for the Padres, Trent Grisham. Master Gilbert rather dominatly strikes out Grisham. 1 down. 2 more to go.
The Padres call upon a bounty hunter named Ha-Seong Kim to end this hit-less streak. He’s no match for our Master Gilbert. He strikes him out the same as Grisham. 2 down. 1 to go. The big one standing in his way.
It’s rather romantic and fitting that the one standing between Master Gilbert and utter glory and history is the one named “Count” Tommy Pham. Master Gilbert must defeat his nemesis.
Master Tyler Gilbert saved his best pitch for lasts. He needs just one pitch to defeat Count Pham. Pham hits a weak line drive that stays in the air long enough for Ketel Marte to catch it.
GAME OVER. FINAL SCORE 7-0. HISTORY MADE. NO-HITTER FINISHED.
I wholly recommend watching this clip. Master Tyler Gilbert is forever immortalized in MLB history. He made his first ever start in the MLB and set a high bar going forward. He was the 4th pitcher in MLB history to throw a No-Hitter in his first MLB start.
The Dbacks officially won the series against the Padres. They are also on a three-game winning streak as well!
A special Congratulations to Drew Ellis for hitting his first home run of his career. That can not be forgotten. He set the tone early. He put the Padres down big time and killed any momemtum they could have gotten.
Also a huge Birthday happened today. David Peralta turned 34 today! I bet he loved his gift today from Tyler Gilbert hah. He also gifted the Dbacks with a key RBI. SO thankful to have Peralta on this team and I know his day was a good one!
As always fans, I appreciate you all so much,
May the Force be with You…