Jesse Hahn Making a Mark in Record Book

Seattle Mariners v San Diego PadresBy Bill Center

After just three Major League starts, right-hander Jesse Hahn is already on several all-time Padres lists.

On Thursday, for example, Hahn became the first pitcher in Padres history to have two outings of six innings or more without allowing an earned run in his first three Major League starts. If fact, Hahn is only the 41st Major League pitcher to accomplish the feat since the record started being kept in 1914.

Hahn has not allowed an earned run over his last 13 innings and is 2-1 after three Major League starts with a 2.16 earned run average.

In his previous start, the only hit off Hahn over six shutout innings was an infield single by Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada leading off the first inning.

The only other pitcher in Padres history to allow only one hit in six or more scoreless innings in either of his first two Major League starts was Jimmy Jones, who threw a one-hit, complete-game shutout in his Major League debut on Sept. 21, 1986.

Hahn is now 2-1 with a 2.16 earned run average. He has allowed 12 hits and seven walks with 19 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings. The 19 strikeouts in his first three starts are the second-most in Padres history to Bob Shirley’s 21 strikeouts in his first three Major League starts in 1977.

The seven innings and 93 pitches that Hahn threw against the Mariners Thursday were his highest totals since his junior season at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010.

PADRES PUZZLER: In Hahn’s start last Saturday in New York, Lucas Duda’s bloop single to left in the ninth inning off Huston Street prevented the Padres from setting what record?

HERO’S THROW: Medal of Honor recipient Marine Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter, who was awarded the nation’s highest military honor Thursday from President Obama at the White House, will throw out the first pitch Sunday at Petco Park before the finale of the Dodgers-Padres series on Military Appreciation Sunday. In 2010, Cpl. Carpenter used his body to shield a fellow Marine from a grenade explosion in Afghanistan.

FINISHING PUNCH: Right-handed relievers Joaquin Benoit and Huston Street are the two main reasons why the Padres are 21-0 when leading after seven innings and 25-0 when leading after eight. The pair has worked the final two innings in tandem in 18 of those wins. Benoit has made 14 straight, one-inning scoreless relief appearances. He has allowed only six hits and three walks during the run with 19 walks. During the run, Benoit’s ERA has fallen from 2.55 to 1.42. Street picked up his second save in as many games Thursday and is now 20-for-20 in save opportunities this season. Street has made nine straight scoreless appearances – usually in tandem with Benoit – during which he has allowed five hits and a walk as his ERA has dropped from 1.42 to 0.96.

SOLID PERFORMANCE: Center fielder Cameron Maybin was 2-for-3 with a triple, a RBI and a run scored Thursday afternoon against the Mariners. The game followed a 2-for-19 slump for Maybin, who had driven in only two runs in June. Maybin is 7-for-33 this month.

SLUMP STOPPER: Outfielder Chris Denorfia hit the go-ahead single in the Padres four-run eighth Thursday as a pinch-hitter. Prior to the hit, Denorfia had gone 2-for-27 since May 31 and 5-for-50 since May 17 as his batting average fell from .309 to .249.

PUZZLER ANSWER: Had not Duda singled off Street, last Saturday’s game would have been the 29th one-hitter in Padres history – but the first shared by four pitchers (Hahn, Dale Thayer, Benoit and Street). There were only two one-hitters in Padres history that included three pitchers – July 29, 2009, at Cincinnati (Mat Latos, Greg Burke and Mike Ekstrom) and Sept. 30, 2009, at Petco Park against the Dodgers (Clayton Richard, Mike Adams and Luke Gregerson).


Hey Bill! Really digging all of the TG pieces this week. Would you mind if I linked back to your blog in my piece that I wrote on how Tony made my dream come true? I’d love it if you could share mine too. Sounds cheesy, but I want the world to know what an amazing man he was and how he treated me!
Here’s the link to mine.

Keep up the great work. Can’t wait to see what you have for us next week as we get closer to the ceremony on Thursday.

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As info, Jesse Hahn went to Virginia Tech, not Virginia Commonwealth.

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