On Wednesday (8/9/23) the Phillies cheered one of their newest teammates, Michael Lorenzen, 31. Lorenzen, acquired from Detroit on the deadline day, had a perfect debut after pitching a no-hitter in Phillies’ 7-0 victory over the Washington Nationals. Citizen Park’s 30,406 fans were roaring for him to complete the no-hitter and he didn’t disappoint.

After the game, the Phillies right-hander considered the moment the proudest and coolest in his baseball career. After pitching a no-hitter, NBC’s broadcast cameras caught the unforgettable joyous reactions from Lorenzen’s mother Cheryl, and wife Cassi, holding their 9-month daughter June Elizabeth. The proud mom was dressed in a Phillies jersey and could be seen filming the celebrations.

Lorenzen struck out 5, walked 4, and threw 124 pitches, a career-high. Lorenzen’s pitch count is the highest of any pitcher this season so far. Since the start of the 2020 Major League season, only 11 players have managed to throw at least 120 pitches in a game. His remarkable achievement is the first Phillies no-hitter since Cole Hamels’ on 25th July 2015 against the Cubs. It is also essential to note that, Lorenzen’s no-hitter is the Phillies 14th in franchise history. Lorenzen became the 5th pitcher in Major League history and only the 2nd since 1900 to throw a no-hitter in a home debut with a new team! Lorenzen’s no-hitter is the fourth in the 2023 season.

Regardless of what happens the rest of the season, Wednesday night is arguably the highest point of Lorenzen’s career. Fortunately, his mother and wife were there to cheer for him and witness the dazzling moment. The Phillies are currently in the top wildcard position in the National League (NL) by a game over the Giants. However, the margins are tight and the competition is stiff. As Lorenzen anticipates other important starts this season, he proved to be a crucial addition to the Phillies.