NEW YORK (AP) — DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit jolted prime rookie Chris Paddack with instant home runs, James Paxton pitched four hitless innings in his return from the injured list and the New York Yankees beat the San Diego Padres 7-0 Wednesday.
Gio Urshela also connected off Paddack, Gleyber Torres hit a late homer and Voit added his first big league triple as the Yankees won their eighth straight series.
San Diego didn’t get a hit until the sixth when Wil Myers‘ blooper bounced out of LeMahieu’s glove as he drifted out from second base.
Paddack ran to the mound for this start, already a sensation around the majors with his 1.93 ERA. But the Bronx Bombers quickly showed the 23-year-old why so many visiting pitchers detest Yankee Stadium — and he didn’t even get victimized by the short porch in right field.
LeMahieu led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run on an 0-2 pitch and Voit followed with an even longer drive to left. It was the 10th time in franchise history the Yankees have begun with back-to-back homers.
Paddack slapped his right hand into his glove when he reached the dugout. The Yankees kept making noise, too, when Urshela hit a solo shot in the second.
At that point, Paddack (4-3) had allowed three home runs on only 23 pitches. Scratched from his previous start because of a stiff neck, he was pulled after five innings trailing 4-0.
Paxton, meanwhile, was in complete control. Out for nearly a month because of inflammation in his left knee, he showed no ill effects while striking out seven and walking two in throwing 66 pitches.
This is Paxton’s first season with New York, and he previously mentioned he was having a little trouble with the Yankee Stadium mound. Manager Aaron Boone said groundskeepers were working on a “fairly subtle” change to the sticky clay on the landing slope when Paxton pitches, hoping to soften the surface to ease the twist and torque on the lefty’s knee.
Padres: After a day off, San Diego opens a 10-game homestand when LHP Joey Lucchesi (3-3, 4.25 ERA) takes on Miami. He struck out a career-high 11 at Toronto in his last start.
Yankees: LHP J.A. Happ (4-3, 5.09) faces to Boston to begin a four-game series at home. He is 8-4 vs. the Red Sox, and pitched into the seventh inning against them in mid-April.
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