Villanueva thrilled for Padres' series in Mexico

Hugh Fox
May 8, 2018

Mitchell wasn't even the worst - or second-worst - Padres pitcher in the contest, but he was bad enough to take his third loss of the year. His pitch count had reached 93, and for a pitcher with a Tommy John surgery in his past, manager Dave Roberts made the prudent decision and pulled him from the game.

It was a slugging clinic in the rout, with three home runs, including Will Chambers Santa Clarita leading ninth of the season. There hasn't been much to like about Mitchell's 2018 season thus far, as he's now the owner of a 6.07 ERA and 1.89 WHIP - due in large part to the fact he's walked 23 in 29 2/3 innings. Walker Buehler and a trio of Los Angeles relievers combined for the franchise's 23rd no-hitter in a 4-0 victory over the San Diego Padres in the opener of a neutral-site series.

The San Diego Padres will be looking to bounce back after losing 12 of their last 16 games following the no-hit loss on Friday.

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Kenta Maeda allowed four runs over six innings in a loss to the Giants on Sunday. This is not the first time the Padres and Dodgers explored a foreign land together. "Baseball in Mexico, baseball in Latin America, it's the No. 1 game down there".

Mexico had waited since 1999 to host a regular-season big league game, and it got a historic one: the first no-hitter ever outside the USA or Canada and the 12th combined no-hitter in major league history.

That ended a festive night that began with a ceremonial first pitch thrown by Dodgers great Fernando Valenzuela, who became a star in the US and Mexico and set off "Fernandomania" when he became a fan favorite in the 1980s.

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This time the Padres return with another player who has excited Mexico's baseball fans.

He hit three homers against Colorado on April 3 in his second start this season.

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