It has been just two starts, but Michael Lorenzen has made one hell of an impression on the Philadelphia Phillies.
He had already made his presence felt in his first outing for the Phillies when he lasted eight innings. The Phillies only had three other instances where a starter had completed the eighth all year, putting a strain on their bullpen. On Wednesday, making his home debut, Lorenzen went one better – firing a 124 pitch no-hitter during a night filled with multiple historic moments.
Michael Lorenzen caps off historic night for Philadelphia Phillies
Lorenzen was not the only member of the Phillies to make history on Wednesday. Nick Castellanos had belted his 200th career homer in the bottom of the third, a 365 foot drive to left center. Weston Wilson made his major league debut and the 28 year old rookie homered in his first plate appearance. It was a night to remember for multiple reasons.
But the night belonged to Lorenzen. He threw the 14th no-hitter in Phillies history, scattering five walks over his 124 pitch effort. It was the Phillies’ first no-hitter since Cole Hamels shut down the Cubs in 2015. It was also the first no-hitter fired by a Phillies pitcher at home since Roy Halladay threw his in a playoff game against the Reds on October 6, 2010.
Lorenzen was brought in as a rental player, an upgrade to the back of a Phillies’ rotation that desperately needed one. He has been everything that they have asked for and more. And now, in just two appearances, he has carved his name into their record books. If he can continue his impressive run, he could be just what the Phillies needed.
Michael Lorenzen has made two starts for the Philadelphia Phillies. Suffice to say, he has made one hell of an impression.