First Inning Haunts Padres. D-backs Win 5-1

Padres Bullpen Shines in Loss

Braden Surprenant
August 16, 2018 - 10:55 pm

A bad first inning for San Diego Padres pitcher Jacob Nix, preserved a 5-1 victory for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night.

Last outing for Nix, he was making his Major League debut and pitched a great six inning shutout performance. Thursday night for the young right-hander was drastically different.

Making his second start as a Major League pitcher, Nix was unable to make it through the first inning. Nix was pulled after allowing five runs on five hits, including a home run, and walking two batters in only .2 inning pitched. A rough outing to say the least.

The Padres bullpen, being pressed into action early, actually faired well against the first place Arizona Diamondbacks.

Kazuhisa Makita came in relief of Nix in the first inning and retired the first batter he saw. He remained in the game for another three innings, only allowing one hit.

Trey Wingenter, Phil Maton and Robert Stock followed Makita and pitched more of the same, also allowing only one hit, and tallying nine strike outs combined. Matt Strahm pitched the ninth for the Padres, striking out a pair.

San Diego’s bullpen pitched 8.1 shutout innings, allowing only two hits, walking six, and striking out fourteen Diamondback would be hitters.

The real dominance on the hill however, came from Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher, Clay Buchholz. Buchholz pitched a complete game, allowing only one run on five hits, and striking out five Padres.

The Padres were able to get to Buchholz in the eight with a Hunter Renfroe solo home run to center field. However, that would be the only run for the Padres.

Padres look to even the series Friday night. First pitch at 7:10pm with the Padres Pregame show starting at 6:10pm on your home for Padres baseball, 97.3 The Fan!