Nix pitches six strong innings in major league debut

SAN DIEGO (AP) The Padres got a glimpse of their future Friday night as one of its top pitching prospects shut down the Phillies.

Jacob Nix pitched six strong innings in his major league debut and the San Diego Padres beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 on Friday night.

''It was a fun night for him,'' said Padres manager Andy Green. ''The fastball command was there from the beginning.''

Nix (1-0) got off to a rocky start. He stranded three runners after a pair of singles and a walk in the first, and two more runners in the second. Then he settled down, allowing one more baserunner the rest of the game, retiring 12 of his last 13 batters faced and striking out four.

''I've worked my whole life for this moment,'' Nix said. ''I'm on cloud nine right now.''

After settling in, Padres fans and Nix' contingent of 60-plus guests grew noticeably louder each time he recorded an out.

''I could hear my grandma, she's always been the one I can hear,'' said Nix.

Freddy Galvis hit a two-out RBI single in the second to put the Padres up 1-0. Austin Hedges scored from second after initially reaching base on a bloop single, and then stealing second.

Hedges then added a solo homer on a 1-2 pitch in the fourth to put the Padres up 2-0. It was Hedges ninth home run of the season.

Hedges caught Nix while on a rehab assignment earlier this season and says he remembers Nix dominating then and dominating now.

''You couldn't even tell it was his debut,'' said Hedges.

Down 2-0, the Phillies appeared to be threatening after a leadoff single and a walk to start the seventh inning, but Padres reliever Matt Strahm struck out the next two and induced a weak ground ball out to end the inning.

Strahm, Craig Stammen and Kirby Yates combined for three innings of scoreless relief.

Odubel Herrera and Maikel Franco both singled to lead off the ninth for the Phillies, but Yates struck out two of the last three batters to pick up his fourth save of the season after replacing former Padres closer Brad Hand.

''We were in the game the entire time, had opportunities to score, we were not able to capitalize on those opportunities.'' said Phillies manager Gabe Kapler. ''That's the story of the game.''

Eric Hosmer had three hits, joining Galvis and Hedges as the only Padres to have hits.

Phillies starter Zach Eflin (8-4) gave up both runs and five hits over six innings. He struck out eight.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: Rookie LHP Eric Lauer (left forearm strain) played long toss before the game without any reported issues.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola takes the mound against the Padres looking to bolster his Cy Young credentials.

Padres: RHP Walter Lockett looks to grab his first win of the season on Saturday night.

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SD47-71
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  • W: J. Nix (1-0)L: Z. Eflin (8-4)S: K. Yates (4)
  • HR: SD - A. Hedges (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Hernandez 2B40100114.262.371.367.7371.5
R. Hoskins LF40000015.255.367.499.866-0.5
N. Williams RF40200011.260.330.452.7821.5
C. Santana 1B30000111.217.355.399.7540.5
A. Cabrera SS40100001.272.324.480.8041.0
O. Herrera CF40100003.272.327.454.7811.0
M. Franco 3B40200000.277.320.475.7952.0
S. Kingery PR00000000.223.266.322.5880.0
J. Alfaro C30100122.254.313.391.7031.0
Z. Eflin P20000001.133.133.233.3670.0
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A. Morgan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Knapp PH10000012.219.308.356.664-0.5
  • a-struck out for Eflin in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Garcia in the 9th
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M. Margot CF40000020.254.306.387.694-1.0
E. Hosmer 1B40300000.254.321.384.7053.0
H. Renfroe LF-RF40000003.246.310.483.7930.0
F. Reyes RF30000020.262.308.525.832-1.0
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C. Stammen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Yates P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Hedges C32211010.256.311.450.7619.5
C. Spangenberg 3B30000031.235.272.369.641-1.5
F. Galvis SS30210000.237.297.350.6475.0
C. Asuaje 2B20000101.199.290.285.5751.0
J. Nix P20000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
T. Jankowski LF10000010.257.333.326.659-0.5
    BATTING
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Hernandez 2 (2), R. Hoskins 4 (4), N. Williams, O. Herrera 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • HR - A. Hedges (9)
    • RBI - A. Hedges (25), F. Galvis (44)
    • 2-Out RBI - F. Galvis (21)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Renfroe, C. Asuaje, J. Nix 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Hedges (2), F. Galvis (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Cabrera-Santana; Hernandez-Santana)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Asuaje-Galvis-Hosmer)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Eflin (L, 8-4)6.05221813.571.1012.0
    A. Morgan1.11000304.681.503.5
    L. Garcia0.21000003.691.14-1.0
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Eflin (L, 8-4)6.0
    A. Morgan1.1
    L. Garcia0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Nix (W, 1-0)6.04002400.001.0024.0
    M. Strahm (H, 3)1.01001202.300.982.0
    C. Stammen (H, 17)1.01000002.331.052.0
    K. Yates (S, 4)1.02000201.590.939.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Nix (W, 1-0)6.0
    M. Strahm (H, 3)1.0
    C. Stammen (H, 17)1.0
    K. Yates (S, 4)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - L. Garcia (3)
    • IBB - Z. Eflin (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 90-62, A. Morgan 17-13, L. Garcia 7-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 6-2, L. Garcia 2-0
    • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 22, A. Morgan 5, L. Garcia 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Nix 88-63, M. Strahm 24-13, C. Stammen 5-5, K. Yates 20-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Nix 8-6, M. Strahm 1-0, C. Stammen 1-1, K. Yates 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Nix 24, M. Strahm 5, C. Stammen 3, K. Yates 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Hernandez 2B40100114.262.371.367.7371.5
    R. Hoskins LF40000015.255.367.499.866-0.5
    N. Williams RF40200011.260.330.452.7821.5
    C. Santana 1B30000111.217.355.399.7540.5
    A. Cabrera SS40100001.272.324.480.8041.0
    O. Herrera CF40100003.272.327.454.7811.0
    M. Franco 3B40200000.277.320.475.7952.0
    S. Kingery PR00000000.223.266.322.5880.0
    J. Alfaro C30100122.254.313.391.7031.0
    Z. Eflin P20000001.133.133.233.3670.0
    a- R. Quinn PH10000012.318.348.455.802-0.5
    A. Morgan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    L. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    b- A. Knapp PH10000012.219.308.356.664-0.5
    Total3408003822-----
    • a-struck out for Eflin in the 7th
    • b-struck out for Garcia in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Margot CF40000020.254.306.387.694-1.0
    E. Hosmer 1B40300000.254.321.384.7053.0
    H. Renfroe LF-RF40000003.246.310.483.7930.0
    F. Reyes RF30000020.262.308.525.832-1.0
    M. Strahm P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    C. Stammen P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    K. Yates P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    A. Hedges C32211010.256.311.450.7619.5
    C. Spangenberg 3B30000031.235.272.369.641-1.5
    F. Galvis SS30210000.237.297.350.6475.0
    C. Asuaje 2B20000101.199.290.285.5751.0
    J. Nix P20000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
    T. Jankowski LF10000010.257.333.326.659-0.5
    Total2927211117-----
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Hernandez 2 (2), R. Hoskins 4 (4), N. Williams, O. Herrera 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Hedges (9)
      • RBI - A. Hedges (25), F. Galvis (44)
      • 2-Out RBI - F. Galvis (21)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Renfroe, C. Asuaje, J. Nix 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Hedges (2), F. Galvis (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Cabrera-Santana; Hernandez-Santana)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Asuaje-Galvis-Hosmer)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Eflin (L, 8-4)6.05221813.571.1012.0
      A. Morgan1.11000304.681.503.5
      L. Garcia0.21000003.691.14-1.0
      Total8.07221111---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Eflin (L, 8-4)6.0
      A. Morgan1.1
      L. Garcia0.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Nix (W, 1-0)6.04002400.001.0024.0
      M. Strahm (H, 3)1.01001202.300.982.0
      C. Stammen (H, 17)1.01000002.331.052.0
      K. Yates (S, 4)1.02000201.590.939.0
      Total9.0800380---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Nix (W, 1-0)6.0
      M. Strahm (H, 3)1.0
      C. Stammen (H, 17)1.0
      K. Yates (S, 4)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. Garcia (3)
      • IBB - Z. Eflin (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 90-62, A. Morgan 17-13, L. Garcia 7-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 6-2, L. Garcia 2-0
      • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 22, A. Morgan 5, L. Garcia 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Nix 88-63, M. Strahm 24-13, C. Stammen 5-5, K. Yates 20-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Nix 8-6, M. Strahm 1-0, C. Stammen 1-1, K. Yates 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Nix 24, M. Strahm 5, C. Stammen 3, K. Yates 5
      • 4TH INNING
        Hedges homered to center02
      • 2ND INNING
        Galvis singled to center, Hedges scored, Galvis to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Kirby Yates relieved Craig Stammen
        • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Herrera singled to center
        • M. Franco: Ball, Foul, Foul, Franco singled to center, Herrera to second
        • Scott Kingery ran for Maikel Franco
        • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
        • Andrew Knapp hit for Luis Garcia
        • A. Knapp: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Knapp struck out swinging
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Craig Stammen relieved Matt Strahm
        • N. Williams: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Williams singled to center
        • C. Santana: Santana flied out to deep left
        • A. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Williams out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Morgan Pitching:
        • T. Jankowski: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jankowski struck out swinging
        • Luis Garcia relieved Adam Morgan
        • M. Margot: Ball, Margot grounded out to third
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Hosmer singled to right
        • H. Renfroe: Ball, Hosmer to second on wild pitch, Renfroe grounded out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Matt Strahm pitching
        • Travis Jankowski in left field
        • M. Franco: Foul, Franco singled to right
        • J. Alfaro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Alfaro walked, Franco to second
        • Roman Quinn hit for Zach Eflin
        • R. Quinn: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Quinn struck out swinging
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Hoskins grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Adam Morgan pitching
        • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
        • C. Spangenberg: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Spangenberg struck out swinging
        • F. Galvis: Galvis singled to center
        • C. Asuaje: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Galvis stole second, Foul, Asuaje flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Nix Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
        • O. Herrera: Strike swinging, Foul, Herrera grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • E. Hosmer: Hosmer singled to center
        • H. Renfroe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Renfroe grounded into double play second to first, Hosmer out at second
        • F. Reyes: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reyes grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Nix Pitching:
        • Z. Eflin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Eflin grounded out to second
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez singled to left
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
        • N. Williams: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Williams grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • C. Asuaje: Foul, Asuaje grounded out to catcher
        • J. Nix: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Nix struck out looking
        • M. Margot: Strike looking, Strike looking, Margot lined out to right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Nix Pitching:
        • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Herrera flied out to left
        • M. Franco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Franco grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
        • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hedges homered to center
        • C. Spangenberg: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Spangenberg struck out looking
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Galvis grounded out to first
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Nix Pitching:
        • N. Williams: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Williams struck out looking
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana popped out to shortstop
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • M. Margot: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
        • E. Hosmer: Hosmer singled to left
        • H. Renfroe: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Renfroe grounded into double play shortstop to first, Hosmer out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Nix Pitching:
        • M. Franco: Franco grounded out to third
        • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Alfaro singled to center
        • Z. Eflin: Eflin reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Alfaro out at second
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked, Eflin to second
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Foul, Hoskins lined out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • F. Reyes: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Reyes struck out looking
        • A. Hedges: Hedges singled to shallow right
        • C. Spangenberg: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Spangenberg struck out swinging, Hedges stole second
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Galvis singled to center, Hedges scored, Galvis to second
        • C. Asuaje: Asuaje intentionally walked
        • J. Nix: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nix struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Nix Pitching:
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez flied out to left
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Foul, Foul, Hoskins lined out to third
        • N. Williams: Foul, Foul, Williams singled to left
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santana walked, Williams to second
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera reached on an infield single to second, Williams to third, Santana to second
        • O. Herrera: Ball, Herrera grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. Eflin Pitching:
        • M. Margot: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Hosmer grounded out to catcher
        • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Renfroe flied out to deep center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)