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SD@SF: Despaigne pitches seven scoreless in MLB debut

In his Major League debut Monday, Padres pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne tossed seven shutout innings in a victory over the Giants at AT&T Park.

Wonder what Despaigne will do for an encore?

On Sunday, Despaigne, the former Cuban defector, gets the start in the series finale against the D-backs at Petco Park.

Despaigne, in the big leagues only because the scheduled starting pitcher, Andrew Cashner, was scratched from Monday's start because of a sore right shoulder, got 11 ground-ball outs and allowed four hits in the Padres' 6-0 victory.

"I think he did a great job," said Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal said. "He was right in the zone all game. He never threw anything that was way off. I knew [from pregame] that his curveball was going to be a big pitch for him."

According to STATS Inc., Despaigne became just the seventh pitcher since 1914 to throw seven shutout innings without a walk in his Major League debut. He also became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to throw seven or more shutout innings in his big league debut.

"It feels good," Despaigne said. "It helped that I have pitched in front of big crowds before -- not like this. I was anxious, but not nervous."

Michael Bolsinger gets the start for the D-backs. He allowed one run over 7 2/3 innings the last time out against the Giants, but didn't receive much in the way of run support in a 4-1 loss.

Bolsinger needed just 69 pitches to get 23 outs in the game, as he did a good job of keeping the Giants off-balanced.

"I came up, had a little success, went down and now I'm coming back," said Bolsinger, noting that this is his second stint in the big leagues this season. "I just want to keep rolling with it."

D-backs: Reed slider sharp
D-backs closer Addison Reed has struggled to find consistency with his slider this year, but Friday night against the Padres was particularly good.

"It was the best slider he's had," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "It was sharp, kept it down in the right areas, the ball had some depth to it. I thought it was a changeup from the side, just the way it was going down."

Reed, who has blown three saves this year including one Tuesday night against the Indians that led to a 14-inning game, retired all three San Diego hitters he faced while striking out two.

Padres: Quentin on the mend
There was some measure of good news on Saturday when Padres manager Bud Black said that outfielder Carlos Quentin's sore left shoulder was "feeling better."

Quentin injured the shoulder trying to make a diving catch in Wednesday's loss to the Giants. He didn't play Friday or Saturday.

But Black said a disabled list stint would not be needed, which is a good thing for the Padres, who have scored just 56 runs in 24 games this month.

Worth noting
• Pitcher Andrew Cashner, on the DL since June 21 with a sore right shoulder, was hoping to get the chance to play catch this weekend. Manager Bud Black said there was no plan for Cashner to throw Saturday, though that could still occur by the end of the weekend. Comments