PHOENIX (AP) — The Giants made an early start, the rookies chased down with a few clutch moments and the San Diego Padres found a winning formula early in the season.
The Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2 on Saturday night to win their second straight game. Eric Hosmer had the leading single for San Diego in the eighth inning after Manny Machado started the rally with a relatively rare stolen base to get into the leadoff single and scoring position.
San Diego’s 2-1 start to the season is particularly refreshing after a tough 2021. The Padres started the year with World Series aspirations, but stumbled badly down the stretch and missed the playoffs with a 79–83 record.
“We know it’s a long road ahead and there’s a lot more to accomplish,” Machado said. “But we believe in each other and I think that’s the biggest thing for this ball club. We’re pulling for each other.”
Game 2 was tied when Machado led with a single to eighth before making a huge jump to steal second base. Machado had 12 stealthy bases last season but moved into scoring position by swiping into second without a throw, to put the D-back’s defense to gold. He jumped to third place on a wild pitch.
Hosmer followed up with his second single of the game – a scorched grounder that removed second baseman Keitel Marte’s glove – to propel the Padres. Austin Nola’s sacrifice scored Luke Voight later in the innings to make it 4-2.
The miscreants also contributed. CJ Abrams and Jose Azocar both made their first major league hits in the ninth to extend San Diego’s advantage to 5-2. Steven Wilson (1–0) scored a seventh to seal the win in his big league debut.
Joe Musgrove started and bowled six fine innings for the Padres, conceding two runs for five hits and not getting out for eight. The right-hander conceded a run in the first run, but quickly settled down, playing four scoreless innings before delivering a single homer to David Peralta in the sixth.
Padres manager Bob Melvin said, “He got better with the game.” “That’s what experienced people do. You start a little slow, it doesn’t matter.”
Taylor Rogers, recently acquired in a trade with the Twins, earned his second savings in two days.
Zach Davis made his debut with the Diamondbacks, conceding two runs in five innings. The 29-year-old right-hander signed as a free agent in March and is looking to bounce back from 2021, when he had a 5.78 ERA over 32 for the Chicago Cubs.
Experienced right-hander Ian Kennedy (0-1) conceded two runs in the eighth. The Diamondbacks have just 10 hits from three matches this season.
the streak stops
San Diego’s opening pitching went 13 1/3 innings this season without a hit. The streak ended in the first innings on Saturday when Marte defeated Shift and looped a single into Musgrove’s left field.
“I let everyone down very early in the game,” Musgrove said with a grin.
U Darvesh threw six innings of no-hit baseball on the opening night. After Darvas, Shaun Maneya played seven no-hit innings on Friday.
According to the Stats, the Padres are the only team in the modern era to have a starting pitcher no hits through at least six innings in back-to-back games.
Musgrove was on the mound on Saturday, just a year after he threw a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers. It was the Padres’ first no-hitter ever to come in the 8,206th game in franchise history.
Abrams dropped his first major league hit on an opposite field single and took the lead in ninth. The 21-year-old shortstop has also made some good plays on the field in his first two games.
“I’ve dreamed about it ever since I could walk,” Abrams said.
Azocar drove a bar later in the ninth at Abrams, which was also Azocar’s first hit.
Padres: Fernando Tatis Jr (broken wrist) told reporters he expects the bat to start swinging again in about three weeks. The star is expected to be out of shortstop until at least June after having surgery during spring training.
The D-Back and the Padres ended the four-match series on Sunday. LHP Caleb Smith will start for the Diamondbacks. The Padres will send LHP Blake Snell to the mound.
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