If you watched Luis Perdomo pitching for the Padres the first couple months of the season, you might be surprised by the following statement: Perdomo threw a Complete Game and won the game 3-1.
However, if you have been following the Padres since then – especially the second half – you have seen this youngster with the fastball and sinker improve dramatically. He capped it with his best game of the year Sunday.
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While Perdomo had to work around some base runners and induced six double plays to get out of it all, the end result is the end result. Padres Manager Andy Green expressed his appreciation of the job done: “He was outstanding. He’s always going to get double-play balls, and that’s why holding runners was paramount for his growth. Until he learned that step, he was never going to pitch that deep into a baseball game because he was never going to get the double-play ball.”
Rookie Ryan Schimpf continued his strong series with a RBI triple in the game as the Padres battled in a game that originally Andrew Cashner was scheduled to start but was scratched due to a blister. Safe to say after the Colin Rea debacle the Marlins might not be so happy about their recent trade with the Padres.
Perdomo needed just 99 pitches to finish the 9 innings, working his sinker as he has done all second half now as his confidence grows. Early on in the season the Padres seemed committed to keeping Perdomo (a Rule 5 pick, so if he was sent down to the minors they would lose him) and maybe putting in AAA to start next season. Now he should command one of the top three spots in the Padres 2017 rotation.
The complete game gives the Padres bullpen a much needed rest as September call-ups get ready to give extra support as the season winds down.