Controlling run game paying off for Perdomo

August 28th, 2016

MIAMI -- With a club-record six double plays turned behind him, Padres starter threw his first complete game as San Diego took the weekend series on Sunday with a 3-1 win over Miami at Marlins Park.

Because the double plays quickened his exit in six of the nine innings, Perdomo was able to finish the game on only 99 pitches. It didn't hurt that he threw 65 of those for strikes, even though he only fanned three batters. Perdomo also walked three.

"I felt good," Perdomo said. "I felt strong going into the ninth inning. I was right around 90 pitches, so I was just going to be aggressive and attack hitters and go from there."

Two important parts of Perdomo's game have made him a different pitcher: The first is learning to hold runners on base, and the other is developing a devastating sinker.

"Early in the season, he could have thrown that well and still given up four runs," Padres manager Andy Green said. "But now, he's learning every facet of the game. I think you look at him that way, and it's exciting.

"It's been a long time coming to get to this point where he is really able to control the running game. They had basestealers on base all day, and they couldn't do anything about it. That, to me, is the small things that most people don't see that is where he is really growing and enabling him to pitch like that tonight."

Perdomo scattered six hits in throwing the Padres' first complete game since did so on June 20, 2015, in Arizona. He got all the run support he'd need in the fourth inning when (2-for-3) drove in his fifth run of the series with a double. It was Sardinas' first game-winning RBI of the year.

continued his hot streak with a 2-for-3 afternoon, including a triple, RBI and run scored. And after having his 24-game on-base streak snapped on Saturday, got back in the swing of things with a 2-for-4 game.

While Perdomo continues to learn to hold runners on base, he is constantly working on perfecting what is becoming one of the better "out" pitches.

"My sinker just didn't move the way it does now," Perdomo said. "I worked really hard in the bullpen, and it's turned into my best pitch."