Machado, Pad­dack lead Padres over Gi­ants

The Tribune (SLO) - - Sports - BY BERNIE WIL­SON

Chris Pad­dack walked into the San Diego Padres’ club­house Sun­day “suited and booted” and wear­ing a cow­boy hat, as the Texan does for all of his starts.

This one was dif­fer­ent, and boy was it spe­cial for the 23year-old who missed all of 2017 af­ter hav­ing Tommy John surgery.

Pad­dack was im­pres­sive in his ma­jor league de­but, re­tir­ing his first 10 bat­ters and strik­ing out seven in five in­nings in the Padres’ 3-1 vic­tory against the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants. Manny Machado brought in the goa­head run with a bases-loaded grounder, and the Padres won three of four against the Gi­ants.

Pad­dack didn’t get the win and he was kicking him­self af­ter get­ting thrown out at first af­ter hit­ting a line drive to right in his first at-bat. Ev­ery­thing else was mem­o­rable in mak­ing the jump from Dou­ble-A to the ma­jors in front of about 40 fam­ily mem­bers in the crowd of nearly 40,000 at Petco Park.

“I don’t know if you all saw them, but they were the ones in the cow­boy hats and boots and all that,” said Pad­dack, who’s from Austin. “It was a spe­cial mo­ment. I worked my whole life for this mo­ment. I’ve had some set­backs with Tommy John, I’ve been through a lot and I’m very blessed to be in this mo­ment.”

Re­ly­ing on a fast­ball and changeup, Pad­dack re­tired his first 10 bat­ters, six by strike­out, in­clud­ing the fan­ning the side in the se­cond. He walked Joe Panik with one out in the fourth and got out of the in­ning when he struck out Yangervis So­larte and Panik was thrown out try­ing

to steal se­cond.

“I en­vi­sioned re­tir­ing the first 27. That’s just our mindset as start­ing pitch­ers,” said Pad­dack, who pitched his way into the ro­ta­tion with a stel­lar spring and is the Padres’ only right-handed starter. “I’m very blessed to be a part of this or­ga­ni­za­tion, very thank­ful that the Padres gave me an op­por­tu­nity to show them that I be­long and it’s go­ing to be a fun year.”

The Gi­ants broke through against the tall Texan in the fifth when Crawford sin­gled to right with one out and scored on Pablo San­doval’s dou­ble to cen­ter.

The Padres got that run back in the bot­tom of the in­ning. Franchy Cordero walked while pinch-hit­ting for Pad­dack, ad­vanced on San­doval’s throw­ing er­ror and scored on Eric Hos­mer’s sin­gle to right.

Pad­dack poked a line drive into right with the bases loaded in his first ca­reer plate ap­pear­ance in the se­cond, but out­fielder Ger­ardo Parra threw him out at first base.

“All the guys are go­ing to give me a hard time about that to­mor­row,” he said.

Pad­dack “threw well,” Gi­ants man­ager Bruce Bochy said. “It took us a while to get a hit. That’s a nice de­but for that kid.

“We just didn’t play our clean­est base­ball and we’re not hit­ting much. There’s no mar­gin of er­ror when you’re not scor­ing a lot of runs and it caught up with us to­day.”

Bochy had Nick Vin­cent (0-1) walk Hos­mer to load the bases with one in the sev­enth to bring up Machado. Sam Dyson came on, and Machado grounded to short­stop Bran­don Crawford. He got the force at se­cond, but Machado beat Panik’s re­lay to first as Hunter Ren­froe scored.

It was Machado’s first RBI with San Diego, who signed the All-Star slug­ger to a $300 mil­lion, 10-year con­tract early in spring train­ing.

Austin Hedges added an RBI sin­gle in the eighth.

Vin­cent, who grew up in nearby Ra­mona, al­lowed one run and three hits in 1 1/3 in­nings in relief of Jeff Sa­mardz­ija.

Adam War­ren (1-0) pitched two hit­less in­nings for his first win with San Diego. Kirby Yates pitched the ninth for his third save in three chances.

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