Wieland's friends, family on hand for his debut

Wieland's friends, family on hand for his debut

LOS ANGELES -- It was difficult to distinguish the contingent of Joe Wieland fans on Saturday at Dodger Stadium amid a crowd of 46,549 -- but they were there.

Wieland, who made his Major League debut against the Dodgers, estimates that he had more than 30 friends and family at the game, many who made the trip from Wieland's hometown of Reno.

"I left 15 tickets but there were over 30 of them here," Wieland said. "They were scattered all over the place."

Wieland allowed six runs on six hits in five innings, including two home runs to Matt Kemp and one to Andre Ethier. Wieland retired 10 of the final 12 hitters he faced.

Wieland got a chance to see his family afterward.

"It was awesome to see everyone after the game," he said.

Wieland will get his next start on Thursday when the Padres return to Petco Park to open a four-game series against the Phillies.