Paddack-mania is real and it’s spectacular
In his major-league debut, Chris Paddack lived up to the hype.
No San Francisco Giants reached base until a 4th inning walk, and Paddack spent the first three innings toying with hitters and striking out batters at will. He ran out of gas a little bit before getting out of the 5th, giving up a single and a double for the only run scored against him.
A of an #MLB debut for #Padres' Chris Paddack:— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) March 31, 2019
Only 11 pitchers in @MLB history have gone ≥ 5 innings with ≤ 1 R, ≤ 1 BB, ≤ 2 H and ≥ 7 K in their big league debut -- including #BlueJays' Trent Thornton earlier today.https://t.co/SjUDSIloUD pic.twitter.com/eUPXDOYLsb
Hedges shines in return
After the night off, and with prized prospect Francisco Mejia sitting behind him on the depth chart, Austin Hedges returned to the Padres with a vengeance. Not only did he reach base 3 times (2 hits, 1 BB) and pick up an RBI, Hedges gunned down two runners on top of that, helping his pitching staff to keep more runs from being scored.
Austin is now hitting .500 with an OPS of 1.100 on the season, and seems to be a perfect fit for that 8th spot in the lineup.
Austin Hedges has thrown out two of the four Giants who have reached base today.— Bill Center (@PadresCentral) March 31, 2019
Machado shows he’s more than a hitter
It’s no secret that Manny Machado has started off his San Diego Padres career with a cold bat. Nobody expects things to stay that way very long, but it’s impressive to watch the multi-talented third baseman find a way to lead his team to victory despite his struggles at the plate.
Machado made play after stellar defensive play all game long, and beat out a double-play after coming up with 1-out and the bases loaded to score the go-ahead run.