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Spangenberg delivers in MLB debut for Padres

By BERNIE WILSON
AP Sports Writer
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SAN DIEGO (AP) On Saturday afternoon, Cory Spangenberg couldn't wait to share the news that he was joining the San Diego Padres in a September promotion.

So he did what 23-year-olds do. He tweeted, ''cant believe my childhood dream has come true! want to thank my family friends and all the support from the (hash)570!''

Problem is, the Padres like to make such announcements.

''We had a discussion about that yesterday,'' old-school manager Bud Black said.

It's all good now. Spangenberg had a two-run single for his first big league hit and made two nice plays at third base to help Tyson Ross and the Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 on Monday.

''It was a good day in the big leagues. I think his parents were here, some relatives were here and maybe a few people from the 570 were here,'' Black said, referring to the area code for Spangenberg's hometown of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.

Spangenberg, the team's first-round pick in the 2011 draft, had his contract selected from Double-A San Antonio and started at third base. He came up with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth inning and singled to right off reliever Eury De La Rosa for a 3-0 lead.

''He got me down 0-2 but I was just looking for a pitch up in the zone a little bit that I could put the bat on the ball and he just happened to leave a slider a little bit up and I got enough of it to find a hole,'' he said.

Spangenberg is the third player in Padres history to have multiple RBIs in his big league debut.

His parents, two brothers and sister were at the game.

''It's just nice to share this moment with them because they've put in as much time and effort with this as I did,'' Spangenberg said.

So all's well in the 570?

''There's unbelievable support there and they have my back all the way. I'm just thankful for them,'' he said.

Ross (13-12) pitched six strong innings, allowing one run and six hits while striking out eight and walking two. It was his 14th straight start of going six or more innings and allowing six or fewer hits. He is 7-6 with a 1.93 ERA in that stretch.

A fifth-inning comebacker by Didi Gregorius hit off Ross' glove but he threw out the runner. He tweaked his left knee on the play, which he and the training staff didn't realize until later.

After Ross allowed a leadoff single by David Peralta in the sixth, manager Bud Black and a trainer came out to check on the tall right-hander. Black left Ross in the game. He allowed two more singles, including an RBI hit by Miguel Montero, before striking out the side.

''I felt at that point he was our best pitcher,'' Black said.

Ross said the mound visit ''gave me a chance to refocus and get back to execution.''

Striking out the side came from ''just grinding it out, really,'' he said. ''I just minimized. That's kind of the focus, First and third, no outs, just trying to minimize. Rene (Rivera) called some good pitches and worked his butt off back there. It was a good inning.''

Kevin Quackenbush struck out the side in the ninth for his second save in three chances.

Arizona's Trevor Cahill (3-10) went only four-plus innings, allowing three runs and five hits while walking six and striking out five.

''He walked six guys. That's way too many in four innings,'' manager Kirk Gibson said. ''He wiggled out of it the best he could.''

PADRES MOVES

The Padres also promoted LHP Robbie Erlin and RHP Leonel Campos from Triple-A El Paso. Erlin made his big league debut with San Diego in 2013. Campos will make his big league debut the first time he pitches.

WALK THIS WAY

Rivera drew four walks for the Padres, including two intentional. He is the 30th player in franchise history to do so and the first since Chase Headley on July 30, 2012. Rivera was the ninth player and first catcher in team history to not register an at-bat despite making four or more plate appearances in a game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Arizona: The Diamondbacks reinstated OF Cody Ross (strained left calf) from the 15-day disabled list and RHP Daniel Hudson (reconstructive elbow surgery) from the 60-day DL. Hudson likely will work in relief. He hasn't pitched for Arizona since June 26, 2012, when he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow against the Braves.

San Diego: The Padres transferred 1B Yonder Alonso (right wrist surgery) and LF Carlos Quentin (bone bruise, left knee) to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster for Spangenberg and Campos.

UP NEXT

Arizona: Wade Miley (7-10, 4.30 ERA) has no record and a 3.86 ERA in two starts vs. San Diego this year. He is 1-6 with a 4.96 ERA in 11 career starts against the Padres.

San Diego: Odrisamer Despaigne (3-5, 2.54 ERA) is 1-1 against Diamondbacks this year, including a 5-1 loss at Arizona on Aug. 22.

 
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Players of the Game
San Diego

T. Ross
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 2
K 8
Arizona

M. Montero
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Ender Inciarte, CF4020000.270.309.346
Aaron Hill, 2B4000013.241.282.370
David Peralta, RF3110110.289.325.460
Mark Trumbo, 1B4010001.238.307.383
Miguel Montero, C4021002.256.343.398
Jake Lamb, 3B4000043.194.261.306
Nolan Reimold, LF4000042.230.290.443
Didi Gregorius, SS4000022.209.286.363
Trevor Cahill, P1000100.105.150.158
   Eury De La Rosa, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Jordan Pacheco, PH1000010.222.264.304
   Oliver Perez, P0000000.000.000.000
   Will Harris, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals33161213    
a-struck out for De La Rosa in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Miguel Montero (68)
SB - Ender Inciarte (14, 2nd base off Ross/Rivera)
Team LOB - 7
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Trevor Cahill (L,3-10) 4533650 5.06
Eury De La Rosa 2100130 2.33
Oliver Perez 1100110 1.88
Will Harris 1100010 6.63
IBB - Rivera by Eury De La Rosa, Rivera by Oliver Perez
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 93-51, Eury De La Rosa 30-20, Oliver Perez 17-9, Will Harris 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 3-4, Eury De La Rosa 1-2, Oliver Perez 2-0, Will Harris 2-0
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 23, Eury De La Rosa 8, Oliver Perez 5, Will Harris 4
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Abraham Almonte, CF3010212.236.282.341
Alexi Amarista, SS4011011.242.294.311
Seth Smith, LF3000214.277.382.467
Yasmani Grandal, 1B5120012.211.306.370
Jedd Gyorko, 2B4120014.197.257.325
Will Venable, RF3110012.220.282.319
Rene Rivera, C0000400.252.325.440
Cory Spangenberg, 3B4012014.250.250.250
Tyson Ross, P3000035.185.224.204
   Nick Vincent, P0000000.000.000.000
   a-Cameron Maybin, PH1000002.245.281.354
   Dale Thayer, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kevin Quackenbush, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals30383810    
a-grounded out for Vincent in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jedd Gyorko (11, Cahill)
SH - Alexi Amarista (8), Will Venable (3)
RBI - Alexi Amarista (26), Cory Spangenberg 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Alexi Amarista (5)
SB - Will Venable (9, 2nd base off Cahill/Montero)
Team LOB - 13
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyson Ross (W,13-12) 6611280 2.60
Nick Vincent (H,15) 1000020 3.35
Dale Thayer (H,10) 1000000 2.17
Kevin Quackenbush (S,2) 1000030 2.64
Pitches-Strikes - Tyson Ross 114-73, Nick Vincent 11-8, Dale Thayer 6-5, Kevin Quackenbush 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyson Ross 7-3, Nick Vincent 1-0
Batters Faced - Tyson Ross 26, Nick Vincent 3, Dale Thayer 3, Kevin Quackenbush 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18564
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Jim Joyce