San Diego Padres rookie Logan Allen has standout debut
Logan Allen made a jaw-dropping start for the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, easily beating the Milwaukee Brewers in his MLB debut.
Logan Allen made his MLB debut Tuesday and almost led the San Diego Padres to their second consecutive shutout.
The rookie starter made easy work of the Milwaukee Brewers, pitching seven innings at PETCO Park while holding the visiting team scoreless for a 4-1 victory.
Allen gave up only three hits and two walks, while striking out five.
The only thing stopping San Diego from keeping the Brewers off the board for the second night in a row was reliever Trey Wingenter giving up a run in the eighth inning.
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Otherwise, Milwaukee had very little success against Padres pitchers. They grounded into a trio of double plays, only managed four hits, and were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
The Friars scored two runs in the fifth and another two in the sixth. Manny Machado, in the midst of appealing his one-game suspension, went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Catcher Francisco Mejia chipped in a two-run home run, while Allen also recorded his first MLB hit to go along with his first victory, going 1-for-3 at the plate in a game where Milwaukee committed three errors.
But the story of the evening was Logan Allen, turning in a near-perfect performance that was exactly what the San Diego Padres have been searching for.
The team has been struggling with its pitching for most of the season, and Allen served up a razor-sharp performance that proved how the Padres can easily get back on a winning track when they’ve got someone reliable on the mound.
If he can continue to be this good in subsequent starts, Allen could be the answer to the team’s most glaring problem—and potentially save them from having to give up prospects chasing a pitcher in free agency. Of course, this is just one outing, but in his first start Allen looked more impressive than the other young pitchers the Padres are still developing this season.
The win got the Padres back to the .500 mark and gives them the possibility of a sweep when they finish their series with the Brewers on Wednesday. They also gained a game in the division standings; they’re now 12 games back of the National League West lead and just a game behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for third place.
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