NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Jesse Hahn #45 of the San Diego Padres pitches in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on June 14, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Jesse Hahn's Major League debut in early June did not go as well as he would have hoped. He was still trying to build up his endurance, and he didn't make it out of the 4th inning in a loss to the Pirates.
But, he showed enough stuff (specifically a knee-buckling curve ball) to earn another shot in the bigs. It came on Saturday at New York's Citi Field, after just 11 days and one start back at AA San Antonio.
Hahn returned a different pitcher. He went six innings, allowing one hit and striking out seven Mets in the Padres' 5-0 win, Hahn's first in the Big Leagues.
As if that wasn't enough of a day to remember, Hahn also got his first MLB base hit, an RBI single in the 4th inning to put the Padres up 4-0. Hahn said it's the first hit he's gotten in a baseball game since high school, which he graduated from in 2007.
Jesse's timing could not have been better. The Connecticut native had his family in the stands, so he was able to present the ball from his first knock to his dad as a Father's Day gift.
It was nice for Hahn to work with a lead, too. The Padres got a pair of runs in the first inning. Yonder Alonso doubled home Seth Smith and Chase Headley scored on a wild pitch by Mets starter Zack Wheeler. Headley also hit a solo home run in the 8th inning to cap the day's scoring.
The Padres snapped their 5-game losing streak and have a chance to win a series on the road for just the third time this season. Ian Kennedy gets the start against Daisuke Matsuzaka.