Clevinger, Gore start shutout of Phillies in Padres' win

Kevin Acee, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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PHILADELPHIA — The Padres practically flaunted their abundance of starting pitching in everyone’s face Tuesday night.

Mike Clevinger pitched five scoreless innings before being replaced by rookie MacKenzie Gore, who added on three scoreless innings in his first professional relief appearance.

That got the game to Taylor Rogers, who moved into a tie for the major league lead with his 14th save by closing out a 3-0 victory over the Phillies in the opener of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

The Padres plan to go with the piggyback again Wednesday with the hope Blake Snell and Nick Martinez can work out even close to as well as the Clevinger-Gore tandem did.

They have seven starting pitchers and want to use them all, and Clevinger making his third start and Snell making his season debut on back-to-back nights afforded the opportunity to do so.

There has been talk of going back to a six-man rotation for a time at some point during what will be 40 games in 42 days. For now, the first starter after a starter effort worked exceedingly well.


The Padres, who had scored at least five runs in five straight games and in their previous 13 road games, won for the third time in four games on this trip and improved to 13-6 on the road this season, a mark that’s tied for second best in the major leagues.

They took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning on two singles and a groundout and went up 3-0 in the seventh on two singles, a double and an error.

Clevinger, who had Tommy John surgery in November 2020 and began the season on the injured list with a right knee sprain, was more far efficient Tuesday than he had been in his first two starts. He took just 75 pitches to get through five innings for the first time — after going 4 2/3 in 95 pitches in his first start and 4 1/3 in 91 pitches in his second start.

His efficiency was facilitated by allowing one hit and walking none.


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