DENVER -- It was hard to tell who was more excited about the pitching performance of Padres Minor League pitcher Joe Ross -- his brother or his former pitching coach.
Ross, the Padres' No. 13 prospect according to MLB.com, allowed one hit in five scoreless innings of Class A Fort Wayne's 5-2 victory over Great Lakes in the Midwest League opener for both teams on Thursday.
Tyson Ross, the Padres' No. 5 starter who makes his organizational debut Saturday, knew his brother was pitching but didn't know how he fared until Padres bullpen coach Willie Blair, the pitching coach last season in Fort Wayne, told him as the team was flying from New York to Denver to start a series Friday against the Rockies.
"Willie came up to me on the plane and told me he got his first win," Tyson Ross said. "Willie had him last year in Fort Wayne. He was just as excited as I was. He was really excited."
Joe Ross, 19, was the 25th overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft by the Padres. He was limited to 54 2/3 innings last season because of right shoulder inflammation. On Thursday, the younger Ross struck out four, walked one and got eight ground-ball outs.
"It was a Minor League win, but it's still important. Once you start winning, you figure out how to do it," Tyson Ross said.