Reliever Josh Spence made his Major League debut last night, working a perfect ninth in the Padres 11-2 win over the Braves. The outing made Spence the seventh player to make his Big League debut with the Friars this season, joining Cedric Hunter, Blake Tekotte, Logan Forsythe, Anthony Rizzo, Anthony Bass and Evan Scribner.
Here is video of Spence striking out Jason Heyward, his first Major League batter faced: http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=16252123
Tonight the Padres take on the Braves in the second of a three-game series. The game marks the eighth of nine tilts between the two clubs this season, with the Padres holding a 4-3 edge so far. A win tonight would clinch the season series against Atlanta for the first time since going 5-1 in 2005.
Dustin Moseley takes the hill tonight, looking for his third win of the season. Over his last five starts, he has gone 1-0 with a 2.37 ERA (8 ER/30.1 IP). Moseley will be facing the Braves for the second time this season.
Anthony Bass is slated make his Major League debut tonight vs. the Rockies. Originally a fifth-round selection by the Padres in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Wayne State University, Bass has gone 7-3 with a 3.41 ERA (26 ER/68.2 IP) in 12 minor league starts between San Antonio and Tucson this season.
Over his last three starts in the minors, he has given up three earned runs in 15.0 innings of work, striking out 16 and walking just three during that stretch.
With his debut tonight, he becomes the third player selected by the Padres in the 2008 Draft to reach the Majors. Tekotte and Forsythe also made their Big League debuts this year.