Tyson Ross' Excellent Start Gives San Diego Padres Another Pitching Option

By John Raffel
Benny Sieu – USA TODAY Sports

Tyson Ross‘ first victory of the season for the San Diego Padres couldn’t have come at a better time. But the big question is: can those wins keep coming? If they do, the Padres are going to have more success in the second half of the season.

Ross got the call Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers and hurled the Padres to their second straight win and first consecutive victories in a month.

Ross gave up one run on two hits and two walks in six innings, throwing 82 pitches and striking out six batters. He was throwing fastballs at 97 miles per hour and used an effective slider to make sure he never got into major trouble. In 51 total innings, Ross’ ERA is 3.35. And he has also been working on adding a changeup and a sinker to his repertoire.

He’s had four MLB starts and 23 appearances. His performance Tuesday has to force Padres manager Bud Black to find him more work.

In fact, Ross was ready to throw more pitches if necessary. Maybe next time Black will see how far Ross can go.

One start doesn’t qualify a pitcher as an immediate All-Star, but Ross’ effort gives the Padres another avenue to look at as they hope to keep building toward the .500 mark and make some noise in the last 10 weeks of the regular season. The Padres dug a deep hole for themselves prior to the break and need to keep winning and put together multi-game victory streaks to keep things interesting for the rest of the season.

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