Richard had previously worked eight innings in each of his past two starts with the White Sox before the trade. But all agreed that Richard showed plenty of promise in his first start. Even the visiting manager.
"He humped up and had a little extra when he needed it," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "He hit 93 [mph] on Prince [Fielder]. His changeup was pretty good. He wore down a little bit, and his command suffered a little later in the game. He's got a good arm. He has the potential to be a good pitcher."
Richard retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and allowed only two hits. The lone run he yielded was a home run to Fielder in the sixth inning.
"That's one of the top three offenses in baseball, and he held them to two hits," said San Diego center fielder Tony Gwynn, who knows a thing or two about the Brewers, having spent parts of seven seasons in the Milwaukee organization before he was traded to the Padres in May.
"It looks like he had everything working. He did a fantastic job. From what I hear, that's what he does."
The three other pitchers in the trade all pitched on Tuesday.
Lefty Aaron Poreda, considered the gem of the deal, gave up five runs in four innings for Triple-A Portland on Tuesday. Reliever Adam Russell tossed two scoreless innings in relief in that same game.
The fourth pitcher, Dexter Carter, allowed six runs in 3 1/3 innings for Class A Fort Wayne on Tuesday.
SD: LHP Clayton Richard (4-3, 4.47 ERA)
In his most recent start, Richard allowed two hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Using a fastball with considerable sink, Richard got eight groundouts.
NYM: RHP Livan Hernandez (7-5, 4.77 ERA)
Hernandez's premature exit in Friday's game was due to no fault of his own. After allowing two runs to the D-backs over six innings, Hernandez was lifted for a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth, having thrown just 81 pitches. And so, instead of sticking around long enough to try and notch his third consecutive victory, Hernandez settled for a no-decision.
Padres second baseman David Eckstein has been chosen as the club's nominee for the MLBPAA (Alumni Association) Heart & Hustle Award. He was recognized prior to Tuesday's game against the Braves. A player from each team is nominated, with the final winner to be announced Nov. 6 at the 10th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. The Alumni Association created the Heart & Hustle Award in 2005, voted on by Alumni Major League players and presented annually to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game. Previous Heart & Hustle winners include Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006 and 2007) and Grady Sizemore (2008). ... Rookie shortstop Everth Cabrera went into Wednesday's game tied for fourth in the National League with a 93.8 stolen-base percentage. He was caught stealing in the first inning on Wednesday. ... Starting pitcher Chad Gaudin hasn't made it out of the fourth inning in either of his past two starts.
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Friday: Padres (Kevin Correia, 7-9, 4.73) vs. Mets (Oliver Perez, 2-3, 7.03), 7:05 p.m. PT
Saturday: Padres (Mat Latos, 3-1, 2.66) vs. Mets (Mike Pelfrey, 8-7, 4.75), 7:05 p.m. PT
Sunday: Padres (Tim Stauffer, 1-3, 3.12) vs. Mets (Johan Santana, 12-8, 3.10), 1:05 p.m. PT