SAN DIEGO (AP) — Padres rookie Chris Paddack wasn’t feeling well and walked Mariners leadoff batter Mitch Haniger on four straight fastballs, none of which was faster than 91 mph.
“Uh-oh,” manager Andy Green thought. “It didn’t look good.”
Five batters later, Paddack was onto something special. He got out of a bases-loaded jam and went on to retire his final 19 batters, shutting down baseball’s highest-scoring offense and outdueling Felix Hernandez in a brilliant performance for his first major league win, 1-0 on Wednesday.
“Long time coming,” said the 23-year-old Paddack, who missed all off 2017 after having Tommy John surgery. “It was a very exciting moment out there.”
He held Seattle to one hit in seven innings while striking out nine and walking