Padres' Nix makes scoreless over six innings in his major league debut
Right-hander Jacob Nix held Philadelphia scoreless over six innings in his major league debut and catcher Austin Hedges hit his fifth homer in a span of 12 games as the San Diego Padres defeated the visiting Phillies 2-0 at Petco Park.
Nix and relievers Matt Strahm, Craig Stammen and Kirby Yates combined on an eight-hit shutout - only the Padres' third shutout of the season. Yates earned his fourth save, retiring the final three hitters after giving up back-to-back singles to Odubel Herrera and Maikel Franco to open the ninth.
Nix came away from his debut with the win.
The loss knocked the Phillies back into a first-place tie with Atlanta in the National League East race.
The Southern California native signed as the Padres' third-round draft pick in 2015 after a signing deadline error the previous year prevented him from signing with the Astros.
Nix was expected to be in contention for a spot in the Padres' rotation this spring when a groin injury sidelined him until the last week in May. He had made 10 minor league starts with a 1.84 earned run average before being promoted to the Padres.
The catcher singled with one out in the second, stole second as Cory Spangenberg struck out and scored on former Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis' single to center. With one out in the fourth, he hit his ninth homer of the season -- a 392-foot shot to straightaway center.
--Field Level Media
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