Padres 5, Angels 0
As astutely pointed out by Padres beat writer Dennis Lin, San Diego entered this two-game set with the Angels slumping a bit at the plate. At the minor risk of a spoiler, that did not last tonight:
Cooper Criswell, a 13th rounder in 2018, made his Major League debut. It seemed like he was rushed for this start and wasn’t able to fully enjoy the moment, but his stuff as currently stands is not good enough to play in the big leagues, especially if his location is as bad as it was tonight. Criswell threw a sinker that basically topped out at 87 mph, a changeup at 83 mph, and a curveball at 75 mph. He was missing badly over the plate, and the Padres took advantage.
This is somehow a hanging fastball. I have no idea how that happens, but it happened. The most telling stat of all, to me, was that Criswell ended up facing ten hitters, and he didn’t strike out any of them. With a couple more ticks on the fastball and better command, Criswell has potential, but in his current state, it’s hard to get Major League hitters out. He went 1.1 innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs.
Packy Naughton entered in relief and ended up pitching a swath of innings. (Side note: unsure why Packy didn’t just start if they knew he was coming in anyway, but I digress. Not sure it mattered anyway.) Naughton went 4.1 innings, and the only blemish on the scorecard was the two unearned runs due to two errors by José Iglesias at shortstop. Naughton threw 58 pitches and has arguably earned himself another turn in the rotation, given the current state it’s in.
Jo Adell made a nice catch.
On the other side, Joe Musgrove was dealing for the Padres. As seems the case for most pitchers who face the Angels nowadays, the opposing starter threw a gem, pitching a three-hit complete game shutout, expending just 111 pitches in the effort.
Thankfully, the Angels do have a scheduled starter for tomorrow: José Suarez. Perhaps the offense will be better.
Title Image from Angels Twitter