Hollywood couldn’t write a better story than the Philadelphia Phillies’ no-hitter game on August 9, 2023. Game 3 in the series against the Washington Nationals could not have gone any better.

The Philadelphia Phillies are going through a very positive phase right now, kicked off by the city’s rally behind a struggling Trea Turner.

On August 9, the team made magic. The game was a no-hitter, but more noteworthy things happened in the same game. For one, Nick Castellanos hit two home runs, hitting 200 overall career home runs.

Another highlight was the home run hit by Weston Wilson in the second inning. Wilson, at 28 years old, hit his first major league home run during his first-ever major league at-bat. How amazing is that? The Phillies called Wilson up from the minors just days prior. On the third pitch Wilson saw, the left fielder hit one into the seats in left-center. His teary-eyed family watched on.

Then, in his home debut for the Phillies, just a week after being traded, pitcher Michael Lorenzen threw a no-hitter. This was the Phillies’ first no-hitter at home since Roy Halladay pulled it off in 2010. Lorenzen’s mother, wife, and young daughter watched on. Lorenzen said it became clear to him in the fifth inning that a no-hitter was entirely possible. By the eighth inning, seeing that Rob Thomson had not pulled Lorenzen out yet, it was clear to fans that it could happen, too.

Thomson, just before the eighth, gave Lorenzen 20 more pitches, with a warning to be “efficient.” And efficient he was.

Here are 13 magical photos from the Philadelphia Phillies’ No-Hitter:

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