Through two games this young year, not only have Padre starters not given up any runs, they’ve yet to give up any hits.
Newcomer Sean Manaea topped Yu Darvish’s six no-hit innings Friday, answering with seven of his own in the Padres’ 3-0 shutout of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The left-hander, obtained in a Sunday trade with the Oakland A’s, struck out seven and walked one and was strong enough that catcher Jorge Alfaro told Bally Sports San Diego that he just called the pitches and gave Manaea “a good target.”
Manager Bob Melvin, with the abbreviated spring training in mind, had no problem pulling Darvish Thursday he said, nor did he doubt his decision to take out Manaea. In fact, the pitcher who he also managed with the A’s, “talked me into going out for the seventh” he told Bally Sports.
Like Thursday, Manaea gave way to Tim Hill, and just like in that game, the Diamondbacks promptly tagged the reliever for the first two hits of the game.
Unlike Thursday, however, the bullpen held it together, and outside of those two runners, kept Arizona batters off the base paths. Dinelson Lamet, working out of the bullpen as he makes his return from elbow issues, finished the eighth inning for Hill by retiring the one batter he faced.
Another new acquisition, Taylor Rogers, made his bow as the Padre closer, earning his first save in San Diego with a little help from shortstop CJ Abrams.
The rookie, given a chance to show his stuff while filling in for the injured Fernando Tatis Jr., recorded the first out in the ninth by ranging to his right before making a long bouncing throw that Eric Hosmer snagged to get Cooper Hummel.
Jurickson Profar knocked the Friars’ first homer of the year in the sixth, driving in Hosmer for a 2-0 lead. The Padres added to it in the eighth thanks to an Arizona miscue that allowed Hosmer to score. Alfaro, meanwhile, making his own Padres debut, singled and doubled.
The series continues Saturday with Joe Musgrove getting the start for the Padres – on the one-year anniversary of his no-hitter no less – against Zach Davies, a former Padre. The game begins at 4:30 p.m.