Valdez pitches complete game shutout

Ismael Valdez

Ismael Valdez pitched the first complete game shutout of the season for the San Diego Padres as they went on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0. Valdez also provided some offense as he drew a bases loaded walk to score a run.

Ismael Valdez gave up just four hits on the night and walked none. It was the first shutout for Valdez since 1999. He threw 98 pitches, 71 for strikes as he moved to 5-2 on the season. Twenty three of the 31 men he faced, Valdez threw a first pitch strike to.

"He just had everything working, great command," Manager Bruce Bochy said. "He kept the ball down. He was sharp with all of his pitches."

Brian Lawrence was the last player to throw a complete game shutout, occurring in July of 2002.

The Padres got on the board with a run in the third on a sacrifice fly from Mark Loretta. Khalil Greene had reached on a walk and was sacrificed to second by Valdez. Sean Burroughs then hit an infield single before Loretta's pop out to center. They added another in the fourth when Valdez drew a bases loaded walk with two outs.

Mark Loretta led off the fifth with a single and went to third on a Brian Giles single. When the throw went to third, a heads up Giles moved to second. Jay Payton then added a single to center that scored both Loretta and Giles to put the Padres up 4-0.

The single bounced over the head of the pitcher and between shortstop Craig Counsel and second baseman Junior Spivey. The Brewers had brought the infield in on the play and the two players seemed confused over who would grab the ball as they both pulled up short of the ball.

Notes:

Valdez is 2-0 versus the Brewers this season and has given up two runs in 15 innings pitched for a 1.20 ERA. It marked the second time this year Valdez has won consecutive starts.

Sean Burroughs extended his hitting streak to 15 games and is 22-for-64 over that stretch.

Sunday's gametime between the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers has been changed to 2 PM PST. Sunday's game is the last time the two teams will meet in 2004. The Padres are 3-2 in the five games thus far.

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