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Oct 15, 2022
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With 77 family, friends, and coaches in attendance, Henderson, Nevada native Ryne Nelson made his major league debut in dominating fashion, shutting out the San Diego Padres for 7 innings. The rookie right hander allowed a leadoff double to Jurickson Profar in the first inning Graig Nettles Jersey, and then retired 17 straight batters. The Diamondbacks offense gave him the necessary run support in a 5-0 victoryIt was Profar who broke up that streak by doubling again with two outs in the 6th, but Nelson got Juan Soto to fly out to center to end that threat. He would be tested one more time, allowing two singles around two strikeouts in the 7th. Manager Torey Lovullo stuck with the rookie, opting to send pitching coach Brent Strom out to the mound instead of making a pitching change. Lovullo described it as agood mound visit and felt Nelson was still in control. It worked, as he got out of the inning and gained valuable confidence and experience when Matt Beatty flew out to right field struck out 7 and did not walk a batter. Perhaps with a bit of adrenaline pumping, he was consistently hitting 97 MPH on his fastball early in the game. Thats about 3 or 4 MPH faster than he was recorded in most of his starts at AAA Reno. 19 of his first 22 pitches were fastballs.Shifting gears in the 3rd inning he starting using his breaking and off speed pitches to keep hitters off balance Phil Nevin Jersey. By the time his outing was over Nelson threw 87 pitches, including 58 Fastballs, with a 95.0 average velocity. He mixed in 12 curves, 10 sliders, and 7 changeups. 5 of his 7 strikeouts were looking, but he also generated 10 swing and misses among the 41 swings.There were so many aspects of this outing that were impressive. The Diamondbacks only scored one run off Padres starter Blake Snell. Stone Garrett and Alek Thomas hit back to back doubles in the second inning. That gave Nelson the slimmest of Margins with no margin for error. Snell was terrific in this game as well, throwing 6 innings, allowing just 4 hits and striking out 10. He used his elite slider to get hitter after hitter swinging and missing. . But Nelson never faltered.
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