Rookie pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne had the dream start to his MLB career after throwing seven shutout innings to earn his first win for San Diego Padres as they beat San Francisco Giants 6-0.
In front of a packed AT&T Park, Despaigne silenced the Giants with his variation of pitches which the batters were blind to.
Giants’ right fielder Hunter Pence admitted his team had never seen Despaigne pitch before so he was an unknown quality.
The Padres use of the unknown quality was a gamble which paid off massively. Despaigne allowed just four hits, zero walks and gained one strikeout.
The pitcher was able to cause the Giants to produce weak contact between bat and ball, which forced 11 ground-ball outs in his superb 86 pitches.
The surprise plan worked perfectly while the Padres batters were able to supply the runs, three each in the fourth and eighth innings.
Yasmani Grandal scored an RBI double in the third followed by Tommy Medica who completed a two-run double off of Pablo Sandoval.
He also became just the fourth pitcher in the Padres history to throw seven or more shutout innings on his debut.
The 27-year-old pitcher disbanded from his country of birth Cuba in 2007 and signed for the Padres on May 2 this year.
He had made a handful of appearances for Double-A outfit San Antonio Missions before being promoted to Triple-A side El Paso Chihuahuas, who are both affiliates to the Padres.
The game was as good as over in the eighth innings when Despaigne was withdrawn and the Padres added their final three runs.
The victory moved the Padres to a 33-44 season record while the Giants slipped down to 45-31 but still lead the National League West division by four games ahead of Los Angeles Dodgers.
San Diego will take their one game advantage into tonight’s second match-up of the three-game series.
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