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Young flashes no-hit stuff again as Padres blank Pirates

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PITTSBURGH -- The way Chris Young is pitching, it may not be long before the San Diego Padres have their first no-hitter.

Five days after taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning, Young held the Pittsburgh Pirates hitless through 5 1/3 innings in leading the Padres to a 1-0 win Sunday afternoon.

"The last two games, things have gone my way," the 6-foot-10 right-hander said. "Things might turn (for the worse), but right now, things are good."

The 26-year-old allowed only a pinch-hit single to left by Jose Hernandez and a seventh-inning one-out Jason Bay triple in eight innings. He struck out four and walked one.

"Back-to-back games like that is pretty impressive," San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. "He did a super job again. He was locating well, using all his pitches. He feels good right now, and that's obvious.

"We needed it, too. We got the one run and that was it."

Brian Giles singled in Dave Roberts in the third inning to give San Diego a 1-0 lead off of Pittsburgh starter Victor Santos (3-6). Mike Cameron had two hits and two stolen bases for the Padres, who have won four of five.

"Usually, one run doesn't cut it," Giles said. "But (Young) was outstanding today."

Young (5-3), who has been traded by the Pirates, Expos and Rangers in the past 3½ years, retired the first 10 batters he faced before a one-out walk to Jose Bautista in the fourth. Each of the Pirates' first 15 outs came via strikeout, flyball or popup.

"We popped the ball in the air a lot," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said. "We couldn't figure him out.

"Give credit where credit is due. The guy we faced today now has allowed no runs and three hits in 16 innings pitched."

Ryan Doumit led off the sixth with a grounder to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, whose throw to Young just beat Doumit to the bag.

Doumit left the game after the groundout with a strained left hamstring -- the same injury Doumit spent three weeks on the disabled list for earlier this season. The Pirates said they will know more about his status on Monday, but Tracy indicated he believed a trip to the disabled list appeared likely.

But that play was one of only two groundball outs against Young.

Young threw 91 pitches -- 62 for strikes -- and faced only three batters above the minimum in his eight innings. He induced Jeromy Burnitz to pop up to foul territory near third and Freddy Sanchez to fly out to right to get out of his only jam after Bay tripled.

"He just had a real deceiving fastball he was throwing for strikes," Bay said. "He's a big guy, which makes him a little different anyway. And it was the first time we've seen him. We couldn't figure him out."

Santos allowed seven hits and one run in five innings while striking out five for the Pirates, who went 7-3 on their homestand.

"We have been playing good ball," Bautista said. "It was a tough loss today, but if we go 7-3 the whole year on our homestands, we should be all right."

Notes

  • It was a rainy weekend in Pittsburgh. Friday and Saturday, the starting times were pushed back by lengthy delays -- Friday night's 6-0 Padres win was played with heavy showers throughout and ended after six innings. Although Sunday's game was not delayed at any point, light showers persisted during most of the game.
  • San Diego remains one of four big league teams without a no-hitter. The others are the Colorado Rockies, New York Mets and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
  • The Pirates have not been no-hit since Aug 14, 1971, by St. Louis' Bob Gibson.
  • Before Bay's triple, the Pirates' last three-base hit was May 13.
 
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Chris Young retires the first 10 batters and finishes with a two-hitter over eight scoreless innings.  (AP)
Chris Young retires the first 10 batters and finishes with a two-hitter over eight scoreless innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

C. Young
IP 8.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 4
San Diego

B. Giles
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
Dave Roberts, LF4110001 .279
Mike Cameron, CF4020012 .248
Brian Giles, RF3011101 .281
Josh Bard, C4000003 .338
Khalil Greene, SS4010011 .229
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3010100 .253
Geoff Blum, 3B4010012 .318
Josh Barfield, 2B4010022 .264
Chris Young, P3010013 .174
   a- Mike Piazza, PH1000001 .268
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Totals341912616 
a-flied out for C. Young in the 9th
Batting
2B - Dave Roberts (6, Santos), Adrian Gonzalez (11, Santos), Josh Barfield (9, Santos)
RBI - Brian Giles (36)
SB - Mike Cameron 2 (9, 2nd base off Santos/Doumit, 2nd base off Santos/Doumit)
CS - Khalil Greene (1, 2nd base by Santos/Doumit)
Team LOB - 8
San Diego Padres
Chris Young (W,5-3) 8200140 3.39
Trevor Hoffman (S,12) 1000000 1.35
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 87-59, Trevor Hoffman 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 3-17, Trevor Hoffman 1-2
Batters Faced - Chris Young 27, Trevor Hoffman 3
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF3000000 .230
Jose Bautista, 3B3000101 .232
Sean Casey, 1B4000001 .271
Jason Bay, LF3010011 .299
Jeromy Burnitz, RF3000011 .241
Freddy Sanchez, SS3000001 .345
Jose Castillo, 2B3000000 .305
Ryan Doumit, C2000010 .214
    Ronny Paulino, C1000000 .310
Victor Santos, P1000010 .095
    Damaso Marte, P0000000 .000
   a- Jose Hernandez, PH1010000 .192
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
   b- Craig Wilson, PH1000000 .274
    Roberto Hernandez, P0000000 .000
Totals28020145 
a-singled for Marte in the 6th
b-popped out for Torres in the 8th
Batting
3B - Jason Bay (2, C. Young)
SH - Nate McLouth (1)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Castillo-F. Sanchez-Casey
Pittsburgh Pirates
Victor Santos (L,3-6) 5711250 4.70
Damaso Marte 1000000 2.84
Salomon Torres 2100000 4.62
Roberto Hernandez 1100010 2.13
Pitches-Strikes - Victor Santos 108-65, Damaso Marte 9-8, Salomon Torres 24-13, Roberto Hernandez 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Victor Santos 3-5, Damaso Marte 2-1, Salomon Torres 1-5
Batters Faced - Victor Santos 22, Damaso Marte 3, Salomon Torres 7, Roberto Hernandez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 26857
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Gerry Davis