Chris Paddack was making a bid to become the first San Diego Padres pitcher to ever throw a no-hitter, but he lost it in the eighth inning Wednesday on a solo home run by Starlin Castro.
Paddack had gone seven innings against the Miami Marlins without allowing a hit, but Castro led off the bottom of the eighth with a solo home run to left.
Starlin Castro wasn't about to get no-hit pic.twitter.com/tRd0qocn1V
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) July 18, 2019
Paddack remained in the game to get two more outs before being lifted for a reliever. His final line was one hit, one run and one walk allowed over 7.2 innings. He struck out eight.
The 23-year-old rookie entered the game 5-4 with a 2.84 ERA.
The Padres have been around since 1969 and amazingly remain the only team in the league never to have a no-hitter.
Each MLB season brings a new crop of rookies to excite and intrigue fans across the sport. Some are highly-touted, while others are further off the radar and may even be journeymen. Even those who have completely conquered the minor leagues can have some initial trouble adapting to the highest level of competition, so rookies that do storm out of the gates successfully deserve plenty of plaudits.
Here are ten players with rookie status in 2019 who are having a big impact so far this season.
10. Christian Walker, 1B, Diamondbacks
Walker retains his rookie status, but he had MLB experience before 2019. In parts of four seasons dating all the way back to 2014, he had hit just .170 in several brief stints. In 2019 with Arizona, things have been completely different. The first baseman has been a surprising power source for the Diamondbacks, sitting among the team leaders in home runs well into May while hitting just shy of .300 and drawing plenty of walks. Not bad for a 28-year-old rookie.
San Diego Padres rookie Chris Paddack has been one of baseball’s best starting pitchers this year. Nobody’s perfect every start, though, and on Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers subjected Paddack to real adversity for the first time.
The Dodgers tagged Paddack for six runs — three earned — in 4.2 innings, by far his worst start since reaching the majors. In fact, he’d only allowed eight runs total in his previous seven starts.
Paddack’s attitude after the game, however, was one of confidence and defiance.
Chris Paddack: "It'll be fun to watch my next start. That's all I gotta say."
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) May 15, 2019
Paddack has shown himself to be a very confident guy. It’s an attitude that should serve him well as he looks to bounce back from his first poor start as a big leaguer.
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso took home MLB’s NL Rookie of the Month Award after an impressive first April in the majors, and that drew a strong response from San Diego Padres rookie pitcher Chris Paddack. Considering how much time is remaining in the season, Alonso doesn’t think Paddack should get himself too worked up over the hardware.
Before Paddack started against Alonso and the Mets on Monday night, he complimented Alonso for having a great April but said he is “coming for him.”
“Do I wish it was me? Yeah. But the way I look at it is, do you want to be Rookie of the Month or Rookie of the Year? We’ll see, man,” Paddack told Dennis Lin of The Athletic. “We’ve got a long season and I’m looking forward to Monday, competing against him.”
Paddack threw 7 2/3 innings of four-hit ball against the Mets on Monday and did not allow a run, lowering his ERA to 1.55 on the season. He made six starts from March 31 to April 30 and allowed four or fewer hits in every one, compiling a 1.91 ERA and holding opponents to a .126 average. Alonso, who was 0-for-4 on Monday, hit .292/.382/.642 with nine home runs and 25 RBI over the first month of the season.
Either player could have won the award, and Alonso had a great response to Paddack feeling slighted over it.
“If he was mad about that, I mean there are five other months.”
Pete Alonso on Chris Paddack’s comments about Rookie of the Month: pic.twitter.com/kYIP787Eih
— Steve Gelbs (@SteveGelbs) May 7, 2019
Alonso obviously plays a lot more than Paddack, and he has wowed fans with some incredible moments already this year. Only one player in each league can win the Rookie of the Month Award, and Alonso is right that Paddack will have five more opportunities to capture it. If the right-hander using that as motivation, that is good news for the Padres.
Chris Paddack proved himself to be more than an automatic out at the plate, though he did embarrass himself and show his limitations in the process.
Paddack was batting with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the second inning of the San Diego Padres’ game against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. He lined a Jeff Samardzija offering to right field for what appeared to be an RBI single, but there was one problem: he got thrown out at first by right fielder Gerardo Parra.
Just your everyday 9-3 putout pic.twitter.com/A23SsR7aab
— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) March 31, 2019
He’ll probably hear about that from his teammates after the game, though the way he was pitching, they will probably take some mercy.
The 23-year-old was pitching well in his MLB debut and had allowed just two hits while striking out seven through five innings.