SAN DIEGO — Joe Musgrove was brilliant in his debut for his hometown Padres, Manny Machado homered for his first hit of 2021 and Wil Myers drove in three runs on two doubles as San Diego beat Arizona 7-0 Saturday night to open the season 3-0.
With his parents and other family members in the stands, Musgrove (1-0) held the Diamondbacks to three hits in six innings while striking out eight and walking none. After allowing a one-out single in the first, he retired 11 straight, seven by strikeout.
Rookie Ryan Weathers, who made his big league debut in Game 1 of the NL Division Series loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, finished the combined four-hitter with three strikeouts in three innings for his first save.
Musgrove, who went to Grossmont High in suburban El Cajon, was obtained from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Jan. 19 in a three-team, seven-player trade. He was obtained three weeks after general manager acquired Yu Darvish and Blake Snell. Each of the three new starters has won his first start.
As he headed out to the mound for the start of the game, Musgrove paused at the first base line, doffed his cap and reflected for a moment. He grew up as a Padres fan and went to games with his parents, who had season tickets. He wears No. 44 to honour his favourite pitcher, Jake Peavy, who won the NL Cy Young Award in 2007 with San Diego.
Musgrove got plenty of backing in his first home game at Petco Park.
Machado hit an opposite-field shot to right off Caleb Smith (0-1) with one out in the first. He had 16 homers in 60 games in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and spurred the Padres down the stretch toward their first playoff appearance in 14 seasons.
Rookie Kim Ha-seong, signed as a free agent from South Korea, hit an RBI single with two outs in the first for his first big league hit and RBI.
Myers hit a two-run double to left- centre in the second, Machado had an RBI single in the fourth and Myers doubled in Machado in the sixth. Jake Cronenworth then doubled in Myers.
Left fielder Jorge Mateo made a spectacular catch in front of the fence of Christian Walker's fly ball in the second to at least take away an extra-base hit. Musgrove took off his cap and waved it in appreciation. In the fifth, Machado made two nice plays from shallow right in the shift.
Diamondbacks: 1B Christian Walker came out of the game after SS Eduardo Escobar's throw after Fernando Tatis Jr.'s grounder bounced and hit him under the left eye. After being tended by a trainer, Walker came out of the game and was replaced by Tim Locastro. ... Arizona placed INF Nick Ahmed on the 10-day injured list with right knee inflammation and recalled INF Geraldo Perdomo from the alternate training site.
Diamondbacks: RHP Taylor Widener (0-1, 4.50 in 2020) is scheduled to make his first big league start in the series finale. He made his big league debut last year with 12 relief appearances.
Padres: RHP Chris Paddack (4-5, 4.73 in 2020) is scheduled to make his season debut. He was the opening day starter during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season but struggled.
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Bernie Wilson, The Associated Press