ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Drey Jameson throws 7-inning 2-hitter in MLB debut as D-backs blank Padres

Sep 15, 2022, 10:55 PM | Updated: Sep 16, 2022, 10:56 am
Drey Jameson #58 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a first inning pitch against the San Diego Pa...
Drey Jameson #58 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a first inning pitch against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field on September 15, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. It is Jameson's first career MLB start. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Another day, another Arizona Diamondbacks rookie making his big league debut.

Thursday night’s edition at Chase Field featured right-handed pitcher Drey Jameson, who threw a seven-inning two-hitter against the San Diego Padres (78-66) in his first MLB start.

The rookie added five strikeouts and only walked one on 90 pitches (62 strikes) en route to a 4-0 D-backs (68-75) victory and his first Major League win on Roberto Clemente Day.

“Just an unbelievable start for Drey. It was commanding the fastball, he threw some sliders, he threw some quality changeups,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said postgame.

“It was a three-four-pitch mix with his four-seam and two-seam fastball that really kept a very good offensive team in check. It’ll be about the next four days for him, what he’s going to do to prepare for his next start and not look backward — just keep moving forward.”

Jameson (1-0) also joins D-backs rookie starter Ryne Nelson as the only teammates this year to each go seven scoreless innings in their MLB debuts — both against the Padres — and the first duo to do it in the same season since Detroit Tigers’ Andy Van Hekken and Mike Maroth achieved the feat in 2002.

“We have a very talented system,” Lovullo said. “There are a lot of really good young pitchers and position players that are continuing to develop. Good things are coming. We need to continue pounding away at it.”

Jameson wasted no time accumulating his first career strikeout, getting San Diego slugger Juan Soto looking on a 3-2 count for the second out of the ballgame. The left-handed hitter thought he had earned a walk and began his way to first base before realizing home plate umpire Roberto Ortiz had wrung him up.

“Until I got the ball, I didn’t even know that was my first strikeout,” Jameson said postgame. “I mean I was just kind of caught up in — not caught up in the moment — (catcher) Carson (Kelly) and I just zoned in and just went after guys and whatever happens, happens.”

Jameson would strike out Soto again in the top of the sixth inning, this time swinging. Soto finished 0-for-3 with two Ks against Jameson and 0-for-4 overall against Diamondbacks pitching on the night.

“It’s high velocity — he learned a two-seam fastball over the past 365 days and he goes up in a big league game and executes it at a very high level. That stands out to me,” Lovullo said. “It’s manipulation of the baseball but he knows where it’s going. He can drive pitches where he wants.

“The one pitch that really stood out to me was his first strikeout. His first official strikeout was a driven fastball on the inner half of the plate to one of the league’s best hitters. That to me said that he was prepared and ready to go out there and attack.”

In fact, Manny Machado also went 0-for-3 against Jameson and 0-for-4 in the ballgame. Brandon Drury, who was activated from the injured list (concussion) before the first pitch, had both of his hits off the D-backs starter while Ha-Seong Kim had the other off Kevin Ginkel.

“I was getting ahead of guys, that’s big,” Jameson said. “And when I did fall back, I relied on the sinker to get a groundball or soft contact and it worked out well. Just commanding the zone and not getting behind guys helps a lot with letting other pitchers feed off (each other).”

Offensively, Arizona compiled seven hits while San Diego only mustered three. Three of the D-backs’ hits left the ballpark, with Ketel Marte, Emmanuel Rivera and Kelly all hitting solo home runs to left field. Marte’s big fly was his first since July 27. He finished the night 2-for-3 with a walk.

The back of Rivera’s jersey had a different look to it trotting around the bases and playing third base on the night. That’s because he, along with Josh Rojas, Cooper Hummel, Machado, Nick Martinez and Yu Darvish, were all wearing the No. 21 without a last name on it in memory of the late Clemente.

The Diamondbacks bullpen continued the phenomenal pitching performance. Ginkel (fourth hold), Joe Mantiply (20th hold) and Reyes Moronta combined for two scoreless innings to close out the ballgame.

“He’s done a good job of changing speeds,” Lovullo said of having Moronta warm up for a save opportunity before Christian Walker’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth negated the save situation.

“I know that some very good hitters he’s faced before, he had good direct numbers — I think Machado was 0-for-8 or nine off of him. I just felt like we needed outs, we needed to get some outs there and Moronta was the right guy.”

UP NEXT

The D-backs host the Padres in the second of the four-game series on Friday night at 6:40 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

Arizona lefty Madison Bumgarner (6-14, 4.88 ERA) is scheduled to start against San Diego left-hander Blake Snell (6-9, 4.02 ERA).

Penguin Air
San Diego Padres' starting pitcher Sean Manaea throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Drey Jameson throws against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) San Diego Padres' Ha-Seong Kim reacts to striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Christian Walker (53) throws out San Diego Padres' Juan Soto during the third inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte (4) celebrates his solo home run against the San Diego Padres during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) San Diego Padres' Jurickson Profar (10) can't catch a home run hit by Arizona Diamondbacks' Emmanuel Rivera during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Emmanuel Rivera celebrates his solo home run against the San Diego Padres during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) San Diego Padres' Jake Cronenworth throws out Arizona Diamondbacks' Josh Rojas during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) A "21" patch in honor of the late Roberto Clemente is seen on a San Diego Padres jersey during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Carson Kelly (18) celebrates his home run against the San Diego Padres during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) San Diego Padres' relief pitcher Nick Martinez reacts to giving up a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Emmanuel Rivera can't throw out San Diego Padres' Ha-Seong Kim during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Carson Kelly rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the San Diego Padres during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) San Diego Padres' Trent Grisham strikes out agaisnt the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake McCarthy (30) looks at the umpire after being called out at the plate on a fielders choice hit into by Daulton Varsho during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake McCarthy (30) advances to third on a wild pitch as San Diego Padres' Manny Machado can't make the tag in time during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) Arizona Diamondbacks' relief pitcher Reyes Moronta (59) celebrates with catcher Carson Kelly after a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the San Diego Padres 4-0. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Comments

Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Diamondbacks

Kansas City Royals' Drew Waters (6) slides out at second as Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts, right...
Jordan Leandre

Report: Arizona Diamondbacks have expressed interest in free agent shortstop Xander Bogaerts

Jeff Passan of ESPN reported that the Arizona Diamondbacks are interested in free agent All-Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts.
2 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake McCarthy follows the flight of his RBI-single off Colorado Rockies relie...
Jordan Leandre

Diamondbacks potential trade packages involving OF surplus

The Arizona Diamondbacks have holes on the roster while also boasting an outfield surplus. Here are three possible packages to address both.
6 days ago
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shouts to his team from the bench during the first half of an N...
Jordan Leandre

Arizona Sports Thanksgiving: 5 things fans can be thankful for

Arizona sports faced a lot of unexpected events in 2022. However, here are five things fans can be thankful for this holiday season.
9 days ago
(Twitter screenshot/ Tiburones Report)...
Wills Rice

Watch: Former D-back Asdrubal Cabrera punches man after bat flip in Venezuelan league game

Former Diamondbacks utility man Asdrubal Cabrera chose the side of the older generation in a Venezuelan winter league game on Saturday.
12 days ago
Relief pitcher Reyes Moronta #59 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Philadelphia Phill...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks non-tender Reyes Moronta, tender 39 others

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced a plethora of moves on Friday, including a non-tender for relief pitcher Reyes Moronta.
14 days ago
FILE - Seattle Mariners' Kyle Lewis runs the bases after he hit a solo home run against the Houston...
Jordan Leandre

Kyle Lewis acquisition creates intriguing possibilities for Arizona Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired OF Kyle Lewis from the Seattle Mariners on Thursday. What kind of opportunities does his presence create?
14 days ago
Drey Jameson throws 7-inning 2-hitter in MLB debut as D-backs blank Padres