The San Diego Padres made up for being beaten in convincing fashion the night previously with a tough 5-3 win at the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday. The game saw Joe Musgrove make his season debut and Fernando Tatís Jr. do what he does best as the two National League West teams swapped the lead until Ha-Seong Kim broke it open at the bottom of the sixth inning.
There was plenty for Padres fans to take away from the win, and here are five key points.
San Diego Padres: Joe Musgrove is back…
Joe Musgrove finally returned to the mound after toe and shoulder issues. Although it wasn’t a glittering performance, both the pitcher and the team will be pleased with a winning start.
Musgrove had issues in the third inning. It started off with a timer violation, presumably as Musgrove adjusts to new pitching rules, and ended with a poor pitch over the wide part of the plate as Christian Walker despatched it over left field for a two-run homer.
Musgrove pitched five innings in total with seven hits, three runs, for a 5.40 ERA. However, it was a good 80-pitch workout as he works his way back from injury.