Padres pitcher Chris Paddack arrived at Petco Park Sunday dressed in a black cowboy hat, pink tie and black shades. The 23-year-old right-hander was ready for his much-hyped big league debut against the San Francisco Giants.
“If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good,” Paddack’s been quoted as saying.
Paddack played good Sunday. Over five innings and 79 pitches against the Giants, he allowed just one run on two hits while striking out seven batters. He was relieved in the fifth inning, and from there the Padres’ Eric Hosmer tied the game with a fifth-inning single and Manny Machado gave the Padres the lead with a seventh-inning forceout. Austin Hedges added a run with a single in the eighth.
Padres fans already knew Paddack: He pitched 90 Minor League innings last year in his return from Tommy John surgery where he struck out 120 batters and walked eight.
Following Sunday’s win, fans also got to see the personal–emotional–side of Paddack, when he and his parents embraced for a tearful hug in the Padres dugout.
The Padres next take on the Arizona Diamondbacks, in a series that begins Monday night at Petco Park.
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