Nix pitches six strong in­nings in big league de­but, Padres top Phils 2-0

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Kris Keehl The As­so­ci­ated Press

The Padres got a glimpse of their fu­ture Fri­day night as one of its top pitch­ing prospects shut down the Phillies.

Ja­cob Nix pitched six strong in­nings in his ma­jor league de­but and the San Diego Padres beat the Philadel­phia Phillies 2-0 on Fri­day night.

“It was a fun night for him,” said Padres man­ager Andy Green. “The fast­ball com­mand was there from the be­gin­ning.”

Nix (1-0) got off to a rocky start. He stranded three run­ners af­ter a pair of sin­gles and a walk in the first, and two more run­ners in the sec­ond. Then he set­tled down, al­low­ing one more baserun­ner the rest of the game, re­tir­ing 12 of his last 13 bat­ters faced and strik­ing out four.

“I’ve worked my whole life for this mo­ment,” Nix said. “I’m on cloud nine right now.”

Af­ter set­tling in, Padres fans and Nix’ con­tin­gent of 60-plus guests grew no­tice­ably louder each time he recorded an out.

“I could hear my grandma, she’s al­ways been the one I can hear,” said Nix.

Freddy Galvis hit a twoout RBI sin­gle in the sec­ond to put the Padres up 1-0. Austin Hedges scored from sec­ond af­ter ini­tially reach­ing base on a bloop sin­gle, and then steal­ing sec­ond.

Hedges then added a solo homer on a 1-2 pitch in the fourth to put the Padres up 2-0. It was Hedges ninth home run of the sea­son.

Hedges caught Nix while on a re­hab as­sign­ment ear­lier this sea­son and says he re­mem­bers Nix dom­i­nat­ing then and dom­i­nat­ing now.

“You couldn’t even tell it was his de­but,” said Hedges.

Down 2-0, the Phillies ap­peared to be threat­en­ing af­ter a lead­off sin­gle and a walk to start the sev­enth in­ning, but Padres re­liever Matt Strahm struck out the next two and in­duced a weak ground ball out to end the in­ning.

Strahm, Craig Stam­men and Kirby Yates com­bined for three in­nings of score­less re­lief.

Odubel Her­rera and Maikel Franco both sin­gled to lead off the ninth for the Phillies, but Yates struck out two of the last three bat­ters to pick up his fourth save of the sea­son af­ter re­plac­ing for­mer Padres closer Brad Hand.

“We were in the game the en­tire time, had op­por­tu­ni­ties to score, we were not able to cap­i­tal­ize on those op­por­tu­ni­ties.” said Phillies man­ager Gabe Kapler. “That’s the story of the game.”

Eric Hos­mer had three hits, join­ing Galvis and Hedges as the only Padres to have hits.

Phillies starter Zach Eflin (8-4) gave up both runs and five hits over six in­nings. He struck out eight. TRAINER’S ROOM Padres: Rookie LHP Eric Lauer (left fore­arm strain) played long toss be­fore the game with­out any re­ported is­sues.


San Diego Padres start­ing pitcher Ja­cob Nix works against a Philadel­phia Phillies bat­ter dur­ing the first in­ning of a base­ball game Fri­day in San Diego.

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