Phoenix – On another day, another rookie from the Arizona Diamondbacks made their league debut.
Thursday night’s version at Chase Field featured right bowler Dre Jameson, who threw a seven-game strike against the San Diego Padres (78-66) in his first MLS game.
The rookie added five strikes and only walked 92 runs (62 strokes) on his way to a 4-0 D-back win (68-75) and his first major league win at Roberto Clemente Dei.
“Just an incredible start for Dre. He’s been driving fastball, throwing some skaters, throwing some quality changes,” said Diamondbacks manager Tori Lovolo.
“It was a three- to four-pitch combination with the four-line, two-touch quick ball that kept a very good offensive team in control. It will take about four days for him, what he will do to prepare for his next start and not look back – just keep moving forward. “.
Jameson (1-0) also joins debutant D’s linebacker Ryne Nelson as the only teammates this year to go seven goalless rounds on his MLB debut – both against the Padres – and the first duo to do so in the same season since Detroit. . Andy van Heiken and Mike Maruth of the Tigers achieved the feat in 2002.
“We have a very talented system,” Lovolo said. “There are a lot of good young shooters and quality players who keep developing. Good things are coming. We need to keep bombing it away.”
Jameson wasted no time in putting together the first hit of his career, making San Diego’s Juan Soto look for the 3-2 count for the second time of the ball game. The left-handed hitter thought he’d got a walk and started his way to first base before realizing that home board referee Roberto Ortiz had slammed him.
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“Until I got the ball, I didn’t even know this was my first hit,” Jameson said. “I mean I was kind of trapped – I’m not commenting at the moment – (Catcher) Carson (Kelly) and I just locate and chase the guys and what happens, happens.”
Jameson was hitting Soto again at the top of the sixth inning, this time swinging. Soto finished 0 for 3 with 2 Ks against Jameson and 0 for 4 overall against the Diamondbacks on the night.
“It’s high speed – he’s learned fast two-touchball over the last 365 days and he’s been up in a big league game and he’s done it at a very high level. That’s great for me,” Lovulou said. He can lead the stadiums where he wants.
“The only pitch that really stood out to me was his first hit. His first formal attack was a fast ball driven into the inner half of the board for one of the best hitters in the league. That told me he was ready and ready to get out there and attack.”
In fact, Mane Machado also went 0 for 3 against Jameson and 0 for 4 in the ball game. Brandon Drury, activated from the injured roster (concussion) before first pitch, had both hits from the starting D while Ha-Seong Kim had the other from Kevin Ginkel.
“I was way ahead of the guys, that’s great,” Jameson said. “And when I fell back, I relied on a weight ball to get a soft ball or contact and it worked out really well. Just being in control of the area and not standing behind the players helps a lot in letting the other bowlers feed[each other].”
Offensively, Arizona amassed seven hits while San Diego amassed just three. Three of the D-backs’ hits left the field, with Ketel Marte, Emmanuel Rivera and Kelly all hitting solo into the left field. Marty’s Big Fly was the first since July 27. Finished the night 2 for 3 by walking.
Rivera’s shirt back had a different look than him as he trotted around the bases and played third base at night. That’s because, along with Josh Rojas, Cooper Hummel, Machado, Nick Martinez and Yo Darvish, they wore the number 21 without a last name on it in memory of the late Clemente.
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The Diamondbacks Bullpen continued their phenomenal shooting performance. Jenkel (4th decade), Joe Manteble (20th decade) and Reyes Moronta combined for two goalless rounds to close out the match.
“He did a good job shifting gears,” Lovolo said of Moronta warming up for a savings opportunity before Christian Walker’s RBI song denied the bottom eighth position to save.
“I know some of the good hitters he’s faced before, he’s had good straight numbers – I think Machado was zero against 8 or nine of them. I just felt like we needed the outsiders, we needed to get some opponent in there and Moronta was the right guy.”
Linebacker D hosts the Padres for the second of the four-game series on Friday night at 6:40pm 98.7 FM Arizona Sports Station.
Arizona Madison Baumgarner (6-14, 4.88 ERA) is scheduled to start against San Diego Blake Snell (6-9, 4.02 ERA).