San Diego, CA- San Diego Padres Rookie Jesse Hahn showed his potential last night in his Major League debut as the Padres fell to the Pirates 4-1. The Padres have now lost three straight games and will look to avoid the series sweep today in game three of the three game series.
Hahn began his Major League debut in impressive fashion. In the first inning he retired the Pirates in order and struck out the reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen for his first career strikeout to end the inning. In the second Hahn would allow a single to Russel Martin and then struck out the side to end the inning.
The Pirates would get to Hahn in the third, as Neil Walker smoked a two out curveball to left for his 11th homer of the year to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead in the third inning.
In the fourth Hahn would allow another two-run home run as his velocity began to decline to Pedro Alvarez for his 11th homer of the year to extend the Pirates lead to 4-0. That would be all for Jesse Hahn as he reached his 79 pitch limit and finished the night allowing four runs on six hits and five strikeouts in 3.2 innings of work.
38-year-old Jason Lane would relieve Hahn in the fourth to make his Major League debut as a pitcher, after being a Major League outfielder seven years ago for the Padres. Lane was impressive allowing no hits, while striking out three in 3.1 innings of work.
The Padres bullpen would keep them in the game as they retired the final fifteen batters to end the game.
It wouldn’t matter though as the Pirates bullpen would hold to Padres scoreless as well and their closer Jason Grilli would retire the Padres in order in the ninth for his ninth save of the season.