Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Matt Szczur, Padres bounce back after no-hitter

Ivan Pierre Aguirre Ivan Pierre Aguirre
Gerardo Duncan | 08 May, 2018, 02:26

They made team history Friday night, throwing the 12th combined no-hitter in Major League Baseball history, and the first in franchise history. "It's one of those things, to pitch in a place like this, an atmosphere like this, it was awesome". The 6-foot-5, 227-pounder made his major league debut in the Padres' second game this season, gaining his promotion from Triple-A when right-hander Dinelson Lamet went on the disabled list for eventual Tommy John surgery.

Bryan Mitchell allowed four runs on five hits over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Mets on Sunday. His first one went pretty well — in his major league debut last weekend, he took a ideal game into the seventh inning against St. Louis before it was broken up.

In fact, the 2018 Padres, who struck out 13 times Friday night, are historically bad at merely making contact with the baseball.

To be part of a no-hitter is an incredible accomplishment in itself.

While this was the Dodgers' first combined no-hitter, the Padres had been combined no-hit once before - by the Braves on September 11, 1991. He removed then-rookie Ross Stripling from a bid against San Francisco with one out in the eighth inning in 2016. Now, the Dodgers get to feast on Bryan Mitchell, who has been brutal to start this season, and while Maeda hasn't been a world-beater by any means, the Dodgers are just the better team here and should be able to win this one easily. Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez each hit a solo homer while Matt Kemp and Alex Verdugo each contributed RBIs as well to round out the scoring for L.A.in the win. Sean Manaea of the Oakland Athletics threw a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox on April 21. Hosmer has five runs this season, including three in his last five games.

Pujols dumped the single into shallow right field in the fifth inning against Mike Leake. It was good. I was happy with it.

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