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Walks hurt Despaigne in Padres' 5-3 loss to Braves

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 26, 2014 at 11:45 pm •  Published: July 26, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — Odrisamer Despaigne couldn't overcome control problems in his first ugly outing after giving up fewer than three runs in each of his first five starts.

The rookie lasted only 3 2-3 innings, allowing five runs — two earned — and six hits while walking five in the San Diego Padres' 5-3 loss to Julio Teheran and the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

Despaigne (2-2) was making his first start since throwing 7 2-3 no-hit innings before allowing a run in a no-decision against the Mets on July 20.

"He was trying to be a little too fine, kind of hitting the corners instead of making pitches," said Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, who had a two-run double.

"The curve ball wasn't that sharp tonight. ... His cutter he usually throws for a strike a lot. He was throwing it for balls. And again you go back to trying to be too perfect on that outside corner. Other than that I think he pitched good, you know?"

Despaigne walked three batters in Atlanta's four-run fourth. The Cuban right-hander also hurt himself with a high throw to third base for an error in the inning.

San Diego third baseman Chris Nelson fell over the sliding Chris Johnson after reaching for the high throw. Johnson then scored on Teheran's bunt.

Johnson and Freddie Freeman, who had three hits, had run-scoring singles in the inning. Tommy La Stella also had three hits for Atlanta.

Padres manager Bud Black also said Despaigne "was trying to be a little bit too fine."

"He couldn't throw the first-pitch strike, a lot of 1-0, 2-0, 3-0 counts all night," Black said. "He just didn't have the ability to locate a pitch when he really needed to, which has been quite a contrast from what he's done his previous starts."

The five walks were a high in Despaigne's young career, but he had three or more walks in three of his first five starts.

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