In their first game in Monterrey, Mexico in over twenty years, the San Diego Padres fell victim to a combined no-hitter by the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Well, that wasn’t what any of us were looking for from the San Diego Padres. After Walker Buehler minced his way through the Padres’ lineup for six innings, the Dodgers’ bullpen closed out the combined no-no in convincing fashion.
With much hype surrounding the Friars’ first visit to Monterrey since 1996, including the presence of Mexican native, Christian Villanueva on their roster and the fact that the team needs some wins in the worst way, the Pads went south of the border and laid an egg.
That’s not to say they were given many chances to succeed by the Dodgers’ talented young rookie. Over Buehler’s six innings of work, he walked three and struck out eight batters.
With a fastball that sits in the high-90s and two breaking pitches in his arsenal that he consistently throws for strikes, this could be just the beginning of Buehler’s dominance of the National League.
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San Diego Padres were stifled by Buehler
Padres’ slugger Eric Hosmer had this to say after the game, from Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, “Two different breaking balls he was throwing for strikes on both sides of the plate. He was throwing 98-99 mph.”
Hosmer continued, “It’s tough to give credit to the pitcher sometimes, but he threw a good game and he had all of his pitches working to both sides of the plate. Sometimes you’ve got to tip your cap to their guy.”
That’s some pretty high praise from one of the most talented hitters in the game.
It really says a lot about what we have to look forward to in Walker Buehler if he can stay healthy.
Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts made the choice to pull Buehler after six innings (93 pitches) and went to his bullpen.