Padres set mark for futility

The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO—So much joy and so much agony in one game.
Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda homered in the second at-bat of his debut with the L.A. Dodgers last night and beat the Padres 7-0—making San Diego the first team in major-league history to be shut out in its first three games.
“I’m just very happy that I got a ‘W’ in my major-league debut,” Maeda said through a translator.
There wasn’t anything for the Padres to celebrate. They were outscored 25-0 in the opening three games by their biggest rivals and set MLB marks for futility.
“There is still perspective here, not to be lost,” said Padres’ rookie manager Andy Green.
“We still do have 159 games left and we will score runs this year,” he noted. “And we will win series this year.”
But this was bad.
The Padres set the MLB mark with 27-straight scoreless innings to open a season.
The old mark was 26 by the 1943 St. Louis Browns, according to STATS.
The Dodgers, meanwhile, joined the 1963 Cardinals in winning their first three games by shutouts.
Clayton Kershaw and Scott Kazmir had strong performances in the first two games before Maeda responded with six shutout innings of his own.
The right-hander signed an eight-year deal with the Dodgers in January after spending eight seasons with the Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese Central League.
His delivery bears some resembles to that of former Dodgers’ pitcher Hideo Nomo, with a pause at the top.
Maeda scattered five hits in six innings, struck out four, and walked none.
“I was a little bit nervous at first but my teammates scored four runs for me so that relaxed me a lot,” Maeda noted.
“I was able to get on the mound the way I usually do and pitch the way I usually do.”
With one out in the fourth, Maeda drove an 0-2 pitch from Andrew Cashner (0-1) into the seats in left field.
Maeda (1-0) waved to the crowd as he rounded third base and at first got the silent treatment in the dugout from his teammates, who then mobbed him.
Yasiel Puig also belted his first homer of the season.
The Padres thought they had ended their scoreless streak in the sixth.
Although Cory Spangenberg was called out trying to score on a grounder to first, the Padres appealed.
A replay appeared to show Spangenberg got his foot across the plate before being tagged by A.J. Ellis. But after a review of 3:02, the call was upheld.
“The reality is this: we had ample opportunities to score runs and I’m not going to cry about a call that is made in New York,” Green said.
Elsewhere in the NL, Washington beat Atlanta 3-1, Milwaukee edged San Francisco 4-3, Colorado nipped Arizona 4-3, Pittsburgh upended St. Louis 5-1, and Cincinnati shaded Philadelphia 3-2.