PHOENIX (AP) — New Padres manager Bob Melvin had one of the best seats at home to watch San Diego new starter Sean Manea deliver seven spectacular innings of no-hit baseball on Friday night.
just like old times.
Mania dominated the mound in his first outing with his new team, Jurikson Proffer hit a two-run homer and San Diego beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3–0 for their first win of the season.
“The first look in the Padres uniform was great,” Melvin said of Mane’s night.
Melvin and Manea are both transplants from the Oakland Athletics. Melvin was hired in the offseason after 11 seasons with the Athletics, and Mana was added in a trade earlier this week. Melvin said Mania’s best traits from Oakland – acting fast and throwing strikes – were on full display.
“I’ve seen he have some good games,” Melvin said. “It ranks right up there with them.”
Mania said: “Everything was working.”
A night after U Darvish did the same, left-hander Maneya handed his no-hitter to the Padres bullpen. Tim Hill delivered a leadoff single to David Peralta in the eighth, the second day in a row as the left-handed reliever blew up a no-hit bid.
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.
Mania (1-0) was thrown on 88 pitches, which included 66 strikes. Melvin’s decision wasn’t much of a surprise as pitchers around the game are on strict limits due to lockout-shortened spring training.
It also helped that Melvin was manager at Oakland when Mania threw a no-hitter in 2018, so he knew he wasn’t robbing his only opportunity in history.
“He has one in his pocket,” said Melvin. “His velocity was a little less than the last innings. … it was time to leave, he knew.”
The Darvas made six no-hits on Thursday before being pulled, and the Diamondbacks ended the rally in the ninth to a 4–2 victory over San Diego’s bullpen, which ended the game with Seth Beer, a three-run player. was capped by Homer.
There will be no rally for Arizona on Friday. The Bears flew into center field with first and third placed runners to end the threat in eighth. Taylor Rogers – making his first appearance for the Padres since the takeover in a trade with the Twins – earned the savings.
Rogers was not available to save Thursday’s game as he was still traveling after business. The left-hander had no trouble in the ninth on Friday, retiring the D-back down the order.
Arizona left-hander Oliver Perez (0-1) conceded defeat to Proffer’s homer. Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly played four unscored innings.
Maneya’s first outing is a good sign for the Padres, who acquired him in a trade with the Athletics earlier this week. He was 11-10 with a 3.91 ERA for the A’s last season.
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CJ Abrams of San Diego made his big league debut, starting from shortstop, batting in eighth position. He was hitless in four at-bats, but made a fine defensive play in the ninth, going deep into the hole toward third base to field the ground ball before dismissing Cooper Hummel.
He joined the choice of a fielder in his first bat. The 21-year-old – who is among the team’s prized prospects – was caught stealing when he tried to make a second swipe. The speedster beats the throw heavily, but then slips out of the bag and is tagged out.
He nearly hit his first homer in the sixth inning, but it was caught on the warning track by D-back right fielder Pavin Smith.
For fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the beer was the hero at Opening Night. Even before hitting the ground on Friday.
On a day when the Bears blasted a game-ending, three-run homer against San Diego, the Diamondbacks capitalized on the hype with a promotion that gave free Coors Light to the first 10,000 fans who came to the park who were 21 and older. were older.
Beer didn’t start his beer night as he is a left-handed batsman and the Padres were starting left-handed Manea on the mound.
The Bears did a pinch-hit in the eighth, with two dismissals and were first and third runners. He headed for center field to end the innings.
The Padres and Diamondbacks meet on Saturday night for the third part of the four-match series. RHP Zach Davies made his first debut for the D-backs since joining the team in March. RHP Joe Musgrove will pitch for the Padres.
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