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3 things we learned in the Padres’ 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks

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Once again, the Padres rode their young pitching and stellar infield defense to victory.

MLB: San Diego Padres at Arizona Diamondbacks Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mannymania!

We knew Manny Machado was good. We knew he might be the most talented player to ever put on a San Diego Padres uniform. He reminded us anyway.

First with the bat...

Then with the glove...

I am speechless.

Another Chris Paddack Special

In Chris Paddack’s 3 starts this season, he seems to be as consistent as you could hope for...

  • 5 innings, 1 ER vs. SF
  • 4 innings, 0 ER vs. STL
  • 5 innings, 1 ER vs. ARI

You’re hoping that he eventually learns how to get the same output with less pitches and can do deeper into games, but I’m not arguing with a 1.29 ERA.

Another MLB pitching debut

After his stellar outing last night, Pedro Avila was sent back to the minors so that his roster spot could be given to Gerardo Reyes. Once again, the Padres were relying on a pitcher that had spent no time or limited time at the AAA level (Reyes has 3 total innings pitched at AAA, all this year). Once again, it worked out brilliantly.

Reyes got a groundout and a strikeout to close out the 6th inning, and will definitely get a couple of more opportunities to make a mark on the major-league club this season.