How many perfect games are there in San Diego Padres history?
By Kevin Henry
Since 1880, Major League Baseball has had its fair share of amazing pitchers and amazing pitching accomplishments. That includes the myriad of pitchers who have taken the mound for the San Diego Padres since the franchise first took the field in 1969.
But what about the rare accomplishment of a perfect game? There have only been 23 perfect games recorded in an MLB (or its predecessors) contest since 1880, with the last coming in 2012. So how many involved the San Diego Padres?
History of San Diego Padres and MLB perfect games
In the 23 perfect games recorded throughout MLB history, none have been pitched by a member of the San Diego Padres. That's the bad news when it comes to this piece of baseball trivia. On the flip side, the Padres have also never been the victim of a perfect game either.
San Diego pitchers have come to hurling a perfect game before, but have always had their dreams sidetracked before getting that final elusive out.
That list of heartbreaks includes the most recent example of a perfect game possibility for the Padres at home. On May 15, 2018, in a matinee game at Petco Park, Jordan Lyles took a perfect game into the eighth inning of a contest against the Colorado Rockies. After striking out Carlos Gonzalez to open the eighth, Trevor Story kept history from happening by smacking a single into left. It would be the only hit of the day for the Rockies in a 4-0 victory before 19,598 fans.
Joe Musgrove also came close to logging a perfect game on his way to throwing the only no-hitter in Padres history on April 9, 2021. In that 3-0 road win over the Texas Rangers, Musgrove hit Joey Gallo with a pitch with two outs in the fourth inning. That would be the only runner for Texas in the entire game as Musgrove struck out 10 on his way to making Padres history.