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Buschmann throws complete game in 11-1 Padres win


Matt Buschmann threw the first complete game in the brief history of the Tucson Padres on Friday, as the team beat Salt Lake 11-1.

The Padres scored four runs in the first inning against former San Diego Padres pitcher Brian Lawrence, and the offense continued with two more runs in the second and three in the fourth, all to the line of Lawrence.

Buschmann had two previous complete games in his career, including a complete game loss against Salt Lake in 2009. Friday he allowed just one run on six hits, striking out four without walking a batter. He threw just 97 pitches in the game.

Buschmann said getting ahead in the count was the key to his success Friday.

"I threw my two-seam fastball in the strike zone," he said. "I was getting strike one and I was able to get in a rhythm."

As for the Padres offense, newcomer Will Venable led the way. He hit two home runs and an RBI triple. After collecting just one hit in his first two games after being optioned from San Diego, Venable exploded Friday for four RBIs.

Five other Tucson players had multiple hit games – Aaron Cunningham, Anthony Rizzo, Jesus Guzman, Matt Clark and Luis Martinez. The ten-run win was the largest margin of victory the Padres have had this year, eclipsing the nine-run win over Iowa Sunday.

Tim Hagerty is the play-by-play announcer for the Tucson Padres.

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The numbers

  • Tucson Padres 11, Salt Lake 1
  • Box score: minorleaguebaseball.com
  • WP: Buschmann (1-2)
  • LP: Lawrence (2-4)
  • S: None
  • Time: 2:27
  • Next game: Saturday, 7 p.m. – Tucson LHP Wade LeBlanc (4-0, 5.08) vs. Salt Lake RHP Eric Junge (2-3, 3.90)