Rookie Despaigne, Maybin lead Padres to 2-1 win

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 29, 2014 at 7:37 pm •  Published: June 29, 2014
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Cuban rookie Odrisamer Despaigne is undefeated in his two starts with the San Diego Padres, a small bright spot in a season that otherwise has gone so wrong.

Again using an assortment of breaking pitches and arm angles, the 27-year-old Despaigne outdueled fellow rookie Michael Bolsinger to win his second straight start as the Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 Sunday to pop out of their one-day stay in last place in the NL West.

Cameron Maybin keyed the two-run fourth inning for San Diego, which scored their most runs in four games.

"He's got a nice pulse to him," manager Bud Black said of Despaigne, who defected last summer. "Our heartbeat's down. He doesn't get fazed. Working his way through a 2 1/2 hour work day, he is pretty composed and clear-thinking. This guy knows how to pitch."

Despaigne (2-0) held Arizona to one run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings, walking four and striking out two. He is the sixth Padres pitcher to win his first two starts, and the seventh San Diego pitcher overall to get a win in his first two appearances.

In his big league debut last Monday at San Francisco, he held the Giants to four hits in seven shutout innings, striking out one and walking none in a 1-0 win.

Despaigne allowed three of the first four Arizona batters to reach base, but allowed only one run. Leadoff batter Ender Inciarte beat out an infield single and stole second before Paul Goldschmidt walked. Miguel Montero singled in Inciarte before Despaigne got Aaron Hill to fly out to center and struck out Martin Prado to strand runners on first and third.

"He wasn't stressed a great deal last week in San Francisco," Black said. "He was stressed there in the first and hung in there. It was good that he didn't let that second run score. His heartbeat's pretty good. He knows his game. He knows what he can do with the ball."

Despaigne, who signed a minor league contract with the Padres on May 2, said he felt good in making his first start at Petco Park.

"I was excited to pitch here in front of the fans," he said through interpreter Yasmani Grandal, who caught both of his starts. "We had lost two games so I wanted to get that win for us.

"I felt good," said Despaigne, who played eight seasons with the Havana Industriales of Cuba's Serie Nacional. "My breaking pitches were outside the zone so I had to make adjustments and I got it through."

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