Chase Field- Phoenix, Arizona
Chris Paddack is maturing in each start in the major leagues.
The right-handed pitcher has learned to control his emotions on the mound. The team welcomes his fiery presence, but there is a need for him to be a little more even-keeled.
Paddack went 5 1/3 on Wednesday and struck out eight batters while walking two. He threw 90 pitches in the game and was able to maintain his velocity deep into his start. Back-to-back singles started the bottom of the 6th for Arizona, but Paddack struck out catcher Christian Walker for the third time- this time with a well-placed 94 mph fastball. Andy Green pulled Paddack after that pitch. Craig Stammen was able to secure the final two outs in the inning to preserve the scoreless tie.
Zac Gallen is a 24-year-old rookie pitcher. The Diamondbacks’ 2016 third-round pick out of North Carolina was dominant in the PCL this season going 9-1 with a 1.77 ERA and an astounding 0.71 WHIP in 14 starts, and 91 innings pitched. He has also thrown well in his time with the D-backs, as he was 2-4 with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP in 12 starts coming into Wednesday’s game. The rookie hurler made it through 6 1/3 innings pitched without allowing a hit. Manny Machado ended his no-hit bid with a line-drive single to right with two strikes in the top of the 7th. Gallen threw 103 pitches and went seven complete innings, allowing just the Machado’ hit and one walk in his appearance. “He had an effective mix,” Green said after the game.
Wil Myers led-off the 9th with his 16th homer of the season. The Padres rallied, getting some runners on base, but were unable to push across any more runs in the game. San Diego suffers a three-game sweep at the hands of Arizona in which the Padres were outscored 20-9.
San Diego is off on Thursday as they return home for a seven-game homestand that starts with three games against the Colorado Rockies. Dinelson Lamet is slated to start game one of the series, and Tim Melville will oppose him.