Michael Lorenzen stood out during the MLB trading deadline craziness. Lorenzen, who wasn’t the most famous player to join the squad, has become a star and made baseball history.
Lorenzen’s second Phillies start was unlike any other. This was also his first big home game. He pitched a no-hitter to help the Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 7-0. Lorenzen’s exceptional ability stole the show at Citizens Bank Park.
After being sold from the Detroit Tigers to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league shortstop Hao-Yu Lee, 31-year-old Lorenzen showed his toughness by winning his second consecutive game. Lorenzen danced around bumps like four walks. He twice eliminated strong Joey Meneses.
Lorenzen’s performance tarnished the Nationals beyond the ballpark. This was their first hitless game since moving to Washington in 2005. Four Montreal Expos no-hitters. Lorenzen’s accomplishment adds depth.
Lorenzen struggled in the ninth inning. Rob Thomson wisely trusted the starter, who had 111 pitches, just a few more than his season best—moment of truth. Lorenzen got Lane Thomas to ground out to third base, a crucial play, as the audience held their breath. Meneses hit out next, generating excitement. Dominic Smith ended the game with a long fly ball, giving the Phillies their first no-hitter since Cole Hamels beat the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in 2015. Lorenzen’s home no-hitter was the first in almost 60 years.
Lorenzen spoke passionately about the beautiful experience. “Walking out for the seventh, eighth, and ninth was wonderful… They helped me in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings.
Lorenzen was strong and determined. His record-setting 124 pitches proved his dedication. Thomson considered firing Lorenzen, but his trust paid off big.
Lorenzen’s historic performance makes him a winter-free agent to watch. This season, his no-hitter joined Domingo German’s, the Detroit Tigers, and Houston Astros’ Framber Valdez’s.
Lorenzen has changed the Phillies in his short tenure. He helped his team capture the highly contested National League’s top wild-card slot with a 1.06 ERA in two games.
Two more incredible stories occurred on that beautiful night. Weston Walker hit a home run in his first major league at-bat, and MVP candidate Nick Castellanos hit two more. Lorenzen’s performance stole the show, and his ecstatic celebration with catcher J.T. Realmuto highlighted how baseball unites people.
Like Roy Halladay’s no-hitter at Citizens Bank Park a decade ago, this night will live on. This wasn’t just another game as Lorenzen leaped into Realmuto’s arms and the cheers persisted. It exhibited baseball’s eternal magic—a symphony of emotion, skill, and resolve that generates indelible moments in fans’ hearts and the game’s rich history.