MLB News Lorenzen throws a “No-Hitter” for the Phillies
In a Wednesday night baseball encounter that will be etched in the annals of baseball history, Michael Lorenzen, the 31-year-old right-handed powerhouse for the Philadelphia Phillies, spun a no-hit wonder against the Washington Nationals in a commanding 7-0 triumph with amazing MLB Lines for the bettors.
With a meticulously calculated 124 pitches under his belt, Lorenzen struck gold with 76 of them. He had five strikeouts and four walks, he could get out of trouble completely unharmed when needed. The Nationals, who made the transition from Montreal to Washington in 2005, had not experienced the taste of being no-hit since their relocation, making Lorenzen’s feat even more commendable.
While the Phillies, boasting a 63-52 record, have secured their berth as the second in command in the National League East, the Nationals at 50-65 are holding the bottom-of-the-barrel position.
Washington’s recent games have exhibited a resurgence, notably credited to C.J. Abrams’ masterful performances since occupying the leadoff spot and Lane Thomas’s continued ascendancy. Yet, on this day, Lorenzen remained an insurmountable force. The Nats’ 6-9 batting lineup, featuring Jake Alu, Ildemaro Vargas, Blake Rutherford, and Alex Call, struggled. These players, while skilled, couldn’t harness enough firepower to break Lorenzen’s rhythm.
Reminiscing past games, the Nationals came dangerously close to a no-hit game on September 24, 2013. On that fateful day, Ryan Zimmerman managed a two-out infield hit in the ninth inning, saving grace against the St. Louis Cardinals’ Michael Wacha.
Flashback to Phillies’ history, and the recent no-hitter evokes memories of Roy Halladay’s impeccable game against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the NL Division Series, marking the second postseason no-hitter in MLB’s decorated journey.
Michael Lorenzen’s Journey to MLB No-Hit Glory
For Michael Lorenzen, this journey wasn’t a calm event. He often reminisced about witnessing each of Nolan Ryan’s no-hitters, nurturing a dream of achieving the same.
Before this monumental game, Lorenzen’s track record showcased potential but never echoed such brilliance. He had never pitched a complete major league game. His only venture into the ninth inning of a big-league start was on May 1, 2022, representing the Los Angeles Angels the last season. With the Angels he converted to a starter after several failed attempts with the Reds. His previous best was a seven-inning scoreless stint for the Detroit Tigers, allowing three hits in a match against Kansas City. That’s what made this no-hitter, especially as his first outing as a Phillie, so astonishing. Phillie’s bettors must be thrilled to get this reinforcement that will surely boost Philadelphia’s MLB Odds.
The MLB Franchise brought Lorenzen into their fold via a trade with the Tigers in exchange for prospect Hao-Yu Lee just a week ago. In his debut game for Philadelphia against the Miami Marlins, he already made heads turn with an eight-inning spell, allowing only two runs and securing five strikeouts in a 4-2 win. The Phillies will need everything he can offer to make the postseason in what seems a very crowded National League, especially the NL East.
With the Tigers this season, out of 18 starts, Lorenzen carved out a 5-7 record, amassing a very respectable 3.58 ERA. These stats were further glorified with his first All-Star selection, the only representative of the Detroit team. His ongoing journey with the Phillies came after signing a one-year deal worth $8.5 million with the Tigers in the offseason. As the season concludes, the baseball world will eagerly watch Lorenzen’s next steps as he becomes a free agent, his case will be a compelling one, as he’s not truly an ace but not a 4th or 5th in the rotation kind of guy.