Padres starter Chris Paddack thought he had his first major league hit and RBI when he swatted a line drive to right field with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second inning during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Giants. The combination of Paddack hitting a 95 MPH line drive and right fielder Gerardo Parra playing shallow, however, resulted in a 9-3 putout to end the inning.
Paddack is making his major league debut today. He’s done work on the mound, holding the Giants hitless over four innings. He has yielded just one walk while striking out seven on 60 pitches. Despite Paddack’s effort, the game is still 0-0 as of this writing.
Jim Allen of Kyodo News reports that Koji Uehara has retired from baseball.
Uehara, 44, has spent the past two seasons with the Yomiuri Giants, which is the where he began his career way back in 1998. He spent eight years there as a starter, winning 20 games in his rookie season, then one year as a closer and one year in swingman duties before coming to the United States.
Once in the majors he pitched for four different major league teams over nine seasons — the Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox and Cubs — from 2009-2017. In that time he posted an excellent 2.66 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 572/78 K/BB ratio in 480.2 innings and notched 95 saves. He won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2013 and was an All-Star in 2014. Uehara’s last big league stint in America with the Cubs in 2017, for whom he posted a 3.98 ERA (111 ERA+) in 49 games.
Happy trails to an excellent reliever.