San Diego Padres: Craig Stammen Delivers Again
San Diego Padres reliever Craig Stammen is making it a habit to deliver clutch performances one game after another.
Yesterday, FoB featured a piece on why Craig Stammen provides stability and options for Andy Green and the San Diego Padres’ front office. Stammen showed, yet again, his value to the ballclub.
This team is finding ways to make ballgames interesting and yesterday was no different. At one point, the Friars led by as many as five runs but soon found themselves in familiar territory.
The Rockies came back strong and only trailed by one when Carlos Gonzalez went deep in the bottom of sixth. Tense situations demand strong performances and the Padres were given one by Craig Stammen.
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Craig Stammen comes through unscathed to give the San Diego Padres their third win of 2018
In what can easily be dubbed as his best performance yet as a Friar, Craig Stammen walked on to the mound in the bottom of the seventh with two runners on base, no one out.
With Nolan Arenado hitting, Stammen instantly took control of the game.
He struck out Arenado, burying a slider in the dirt. Trevor Story then grounded into a double play to bring up Ian Desmond.
After falling behind 3-0 to Desmond, Stammen forced him to ground out to Freddy Galvis to end the threat.
He then proceeded to retire all three batters he faced in the eighth inning, setting up Brad Hand with a one-run lead. Hand looked his old self and the lead was enough to carry the Friars to their third victory of the season.
Stammen has looked invincible on the mound this year and has been by far Friars’ most consistent pitcher. In the 8.1 innings pitched, Stammen has yet to yield a run and has only conceded one hit.
He has struck out eight batters and allowed one walk. His 0.240 WHIP is going to draw attention from other major league franchises, sooner rather than later.
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The Friars will look to build on such a noteworthy performance when they take on the Rockies again today at the Coors Field. It’s a 5:40 PM start (PT). Let’s go, Padres!